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It describes the relationship between smoking behavior and personality, and between smoking and the principal psychiatric disorders.

Studies reveal that smokers tend to be more extroverted, anxious, tense, and impulsive, and show more traits of neuroticism and psychoticism than do ex-smokers or nonsmokers. The literature also reveals a strong association between smoking and mental disorders, such as schizophrenia and depression.

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Weight gain, together with increased stress, intensifies the impulse to eat, perpetuating the vicious cycle. At the moment, the three most widely accepted theories to explain the relationship between smoking and body weight are as follows: In this review article, emphasizing the personality profile of the smoker as an important obstacle to cessation, we describe the relationship between smoking and personality and, subsequently, the relationship between smoking and the principal psychiatric disorders.

Smoking and personality. Most studies on Seeking 18 29 non smoker relationship between smoking and personality characteristics, in recent decades, were carried out according to the theoretical model proposed in The extroversion dimension comprises factors such as sociability, assertiveness, positive emotions, vivacity, and activity level.

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However, introverts will try to reduce the stimulation input. One of the hypotheses is that this difference in cortical excitation levels results from genetic inheritance. Similarly, traces of neuroticism can make the smoker sensitive to the properties of nicotine. People who get high scores on personality tests that evaluate this dimension possibly receive greater reinforcement in stressful situations, due to the stress-reducing effects provided Seeking 18 29 non smoker the cigarette.

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The association between smoking and extroversion has decreased in recent decades, possibly because smoking has become a socially undesirable habit in many countries. Smokers might have been punished in situations of interaction, reverting the tendency toward association with this personality trait. Data in the literature are also inconsistent regarding the neuroticism factor.

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The controversy among the results on the relationship between smoking and factors such as extroversion and neuroticism remains, probably due to the fact that smokers are not a homogeneous group.

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Two classes of situations seem to trigger the desire to smoke. One of them consists of boring situations that result in the need to increase cortical stimulation. The second seems to result from stress.

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Nevertheless, the association between tobacco consumption and psychoticism is more consistent and has been confirmed through numerous studies.

There are also numerous studies in the literature that have focused on other approaches. There is strong evidence of an association between tobacco consumption and a personality factor characterized as the need to experience stimulating sensations sensation seeking.

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The sensation seeking dimension can be defined as the 'search for new, varied, complex and intense sensations and experiences, together with the predisposition to take physical, social, legal, and financial risks in order to have such experiences'.

The sensation seeking factor theory was formulated in Individuals with high scores in this factor present low levels of cortical stimulation.

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Another theoretical model of approaching the issue of the relationship between smoking and personality was formulated in a study conducted in The individual with high scores in the neuroticism factor can be characterized as nervous, temperamental, insecure, impatient, not relaxed, emotional, vulnerable, and unstable, among other aspects.

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However, there are two lines of interpretation for the Seekong of this personality factor. However, the conscientiousness dimension is related to the determination to succeed as well, or need for achievement.

There is evidence of an inverse association between high scores for the conscientiousness factor and smoking. Pronounced traits of this personality factor during childhood are associated with a lower risk of smoking and other unhealthy behaviors during adult life.

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In view of Seekiing, it is fundamental to be aware of the characteristics of the patient during the treatment for dependence. Before the initiation of treatment, it is necessary to evaluate whether there is predisposition to major depression, in order to provide systematic follow-up evaluations of the patient.

There is a consensus regarding the efficacy of antidepressive medications in the treatment of dependence.

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The principal medication currently used is bupropion. One strategy that has presented smokwr results when used in conjunction with medication is cognitive behavioral therapy.

The basis of this treatment consists, among other aspects, of leading the smoker to identify the risk situations for relapse and develop strategies to face those situations.