Hi William, what you describe sounds on the continuum of voice-hearing … it includes the experience of just hearing a voice or hearing conversations, but many people also describe other sensations (from feeling the presence of voices to feeling influenced or controlled by them). Talking about this stuff isn’t always easy, but it may be that you find it helpful to speak with a someone from Voice Collective – a youth project that specialises in supporting young people with a range of experiences that come under the ‘voice-hearing’ umbrella. You can find their site at http:// and they offer online support as well as in person.
Gradually reducing nicotine intake causes less withdrawal than abruptly stopping. Another way to reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms is to provide the body with an alternative source of nicotine ( nicotine replacement therapy ) for a temporary period and then taper this new nicotine intake. Other medication used for quitting smoking include bupropion , varenicline , cytisine , nortriptyline , and clonidine . Treatments other than medication, such as increased exercise, can also reduce nicotine withdrawal. Many behavior changes such as avoiding situations where one usually smoked, planning ahead to deal with temptations, and seeking the support of friends and family are effective in helping people quit smoking, but whether this is due to reduced withdrawal is unclear.
In severe cases, the withdrawal reaction or protracted withdrawal may exacerbate or resemble serious psychiatric and medical conditions, such as mania , schizophrenia , agitated depression , panic disorder , generalised anxiety disorder , and complex partial seizures and, especially at high doses, seizure disorders.  Failure to recognize discontinuation symptoms can lead to false evidence for the need to take benzodiazepines, which in turn leads to withdrawal failure and reinstatement of benzodiazepines, often to higher doses. Pre-existing disorder or other causes typically do not improve, whereas symptoms of protracted withdrawal gradually improve over the ensuing months.  For this reason at least six months should have elapsed after benzodiazepines cessation before re-evaluating the symptoms and updating a diagnosis. [ citation needed ]