from reynwrap582 Oliver and Enzo Chasing the Ball -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDjizv6N0xU
My smoking habit is really ordered: I never smoke away from home (unless I'm out having too many drinks, ahem, we'll talk about that later); I never smoke in the car; when I smoke inside my house I only smoke in one place (indeed, one chair!) in the house and absolutely, positively, have to have a fire in the fireplace (which is next to the chair) and have a candle burning; I am incredibly fastidious about it (I never leave a used ashtray in the house, and I wash my ashtrays in vinegar); I tend to favor drinking tomato juice while I smoke, and I usually take a shower and wash my hair before I go to bed (and if I don't, then I change the sheets in the morning). And . . . I tend to chain smoke.
My smoking bothers me. Smoking cigarettes is one of the very worst things one can do to one's body. It stinks. It's expensive! I have pets and anguish over what the second-hand smoke is doing to them. I know all of these things, and I even think of them while I'm smoking. But I still smoke. I used to be able to just stop, to just quit, and was able to stay smoke-free for long periods of time. But now, I'm just not succeeding with that. As a result, I started incorporating some tools to help me quit. I bought a whole bunch of visual imagery recordings that I listen to in bed. Well, I have them memorized now . . . . I made a book of facts and pictures discussing and showing the results of smoking. Well, I have a cool accordian book about the effects of smoking. . . I've thrown countless partially consumed packets of cigarettes away. Well, now I know what it's like to actually dig through the garbage can in the driveway to find the trash bag with the half-packet of cigarettes. . . I've even held a funeral for a packet of cigarettes in order to say goodbye. Well, now I know where a packet of Nat Sherman MCD's are buried.
I've discussed smoking with my psychologist and psychiatrist, yet they seem to be far less concerned about it than I am. Hmmmmm, "why?" And, I know my smoking habits change as I cycle up and down -- I tend to smoke a LOT when I'm hypomanic, it calms me down, quiets the voice(s) in my head, and helps me focus. So, I wondered if smoking is a part of being bipolar. I sat myself down and did some research.
A group of researchers in Spain conducted a scientific experiment to determine the rate of smoking by bipolars compared to the rate of smoking by non-bipolars (the control group) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9632031.
According to their results, "The frequencies of ever smoking and current daily smoking were, respectively, 63% (32/51) and 51% (26/51) for the bipolar patients and 45% (235/517) and 33% (169/517) for the control group." Another study in Israel found the ratio of smoking incidence to be 63%:21%
Check out these statistics I found on Bipolar World that compares percentages of types of mental illnesses and incidence of smoking.
PERCENTAGE WHO ARE SMOKERS
|Post Traumatic Stress Disorder||60%|
And check out this thread on ehealthforum.com: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9632031. One post in particular really caught my eye, "I quit smoking for a moth... I have bipolar... and it sent me into a deep depression. I am finally coming out of it but felling manic. Its 6 am and I have not slept. I cracked and bought two packs of cigs! It feels great! My logic was I was feeling jittery and I think that is bad... knowing that the cigs relax me I decided it was worth it to smoke. I feel like they stabilize me. bring me to the ground both from bellow and above."