Quitting drinking made my depression much worse (or at least more apparent) at first, but has helped hugely in the long run. Now I’m early on into quitting smoking, and again my depression has gotten worse, but I’m hopeful it will also help in the long run. Regular exercise has been huge too, but I don’t want to oversell it — definitely not a total cure.

When I was much younger, I took meds and they helped. I’m reluctant to go back to them since I’ve had so much trouble with addiction. For now, at least, I’d like to see how things are once I’ve put more distance between me and my smoking habit. I wonder though if I’m making things unnecessarily harder on myself by not taking them.

How about you?

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I’m a lawyer and teacher from North Carolina. I write about sobriety, mental health, running, and more.

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