Also, it helped me to learn about what's going on with my brain and my body when I'm having a panic attack. It's more than I can write in a post (the Anxiety Coaches Podcast has some great podcasts that explain this more fully), but basically your body is going through a "fight or flight" situation. When you're having a panic attack, there might as well be a lion chasing you, for all your brain and body knows! It's your brain and body using a very primitive survival mechanism, even though you aren't in danger. Once you have a few panic attacks, it's like your brain and body are constantly looking out for danger, even when it's not there. But you can "re-wire" your brain to not have such a quick danger response, but it takes some time.
Medical marajuana is not yet legal in my state for mental illness..but I have friends in other state who are on it and they swear by it...
My daughter used cannabis for anxiety for a long time ( without my knowledge as she lived alone) I noticed her changing and challenged her and she admitted her problem. The cannabis didn't help her it's made her worse. She ended up having home care treatment and psychotic paranoid delusions. I've had her come home to live with me now and she is on anti psychotic mess and getting more settled but it's took a long tough six months to get her to where she is now. My advice would be stay away from cannabis products. People will champion them and say they help but you could be one of the unlucky ones who has the side effects and problems my daughter ended up with. Sending love and light to your life x
@A MyDepressionTeam Member, I have read that long-term use, as well as teen use, can exacerbate mental illness. I guess the key would be to find cannabis oil from marijuana strains that are shown to help anxiety. Cannabis oil doesn't produce the high that smoking marijuana does.