The initial days were difficult, but the patches seemed to rid me of the anxiety that withdrawl and
cravings brought on, not to mention the anxiety I initially had.
Smoking raises dopamine
levels in the brain. If you bear in mind anxiety usually involves a dopamine inbalance, smoking essentially fires more dopamine to be inbalanced, making the anxiety somewhat worse.
After running out of patches I recommenced smoking, over the last week, and I've actually felt slightly worse than before.