David Baxter said:What symptoms do you experience when you try to quit smoking?
Some of the others aren't typical withdrawal reactions but may be secondary give your diagnosis -- perhaps triggered because of other things that are happening to you neurochemically during withdrawal, or because of the anxiety you experience which raises fears about going into a hypomanic state, etc.:The typical cognitive dulling; I can't think straight, I can't concentrate, I can't follow what people are saying.
I can't stand to be in my skin; everything bothers me, I can't tolerate excess sensory input such as noise, light, and touch.
Things don't seem real, as if everything around me is off in some way. It's almost like I'm in some alternate reality.
It might be worth discussing this with your physician. One possibility that occurs to me is that it might be helpful to increase your medication(s) for the first week or two of quitting smoking...I also become very paranoid; I feel that people know what I am thinking or can see me when I am alone.
I don't know if it's mood swings but I go from being manic and feeling as if I can't take another minute on this earth to feeling absolutely nothing, not able to move or speak or feel.