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Hi, first of all sorry for my english, i'm portuguese.

So, i'm going to tell you my story (that is pretty much the same as others).

I've always been an anxious person since i was a kid (i'm 17 now), i started smoking cigarettes at 12 and haven't stopped since then (until now).

I'm not a big fan of smoking weed, i think i've smoked 6 times tops in my whole life because weed really messes with me. On may 17 some friends and i went to smoke some hash and i smoked 4 times and i was fine. 5 minutes later we went to class and i started to feel dizzy, i sat down and stopped feeling my legs and my teacher's voice suddenly sounded like an echo, i immediately started panicking and a class friend had to leave the room with me. Then it hit me, i started questioning myself why did i smoked, and if what was happening was real. This stopped after drinking a lot of water. I started to feel normal again, i guess i wasn´t high anymore. The next day i woke up just fine, didn't thought of anything that happened and stayed like that until later that day. I started to feel the same, like everything was a dream and that maybe i was dead and was dreaming. I lost track of time and it took me 2h to fell asleep.

The next day was even worst, the feeling was so bad that i even considered killing myself, my only thought was that i couldn't live like that. 3 days later i went to the doctor that eventually sent me to the psychiatrist. I told her everything, that i smoked and some personal problems that had happened in the last 4 months. She told me this was just anxiety acumulated and i wasn't able to manage it by myself so she gave me antidepressants (zoloft).

After this appointment i was fine, the symptoms were diminishing, but the problem was that the medication would take up to 2-3 weeks to act. So i started panicking again and i went to my family doctor that prescribed me sedoxil (that is a sedative). I took 3 per day and i started feeling better, by this time zoloft is making effect too and i feel slightly better. Now i no longer take sedoxil but i will take zoloft for 6 months.

I just have some questions like is this permanent? Will i ever live a normal life again and get back to my 'normal'? How long does it take to recover and will I recover 100%? Have you recovered from this? How?

Thanks for reading!
 

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Okay you smoked weed and you had a panic attack. Very common story.

Sounds like you had some improvement?

I'd love to say how long, if, when, no one knows, you are doing the right thing by working with a psychiatrist and that is the best thing to do.

Also this is a link to an test, i find it useful as it helps me see my recovery.

www.goodmedicine.org.uk/files/assessment,%20depersonalization,%20t.DOC
 

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Yes, I've been getting better each day, zoloft really helped me.
But I think you misunderstood, i'm not seeing a psychiatrist, I only saw one that time but my family doctor has agreed with me that I should see a psychologist I'm just waiting for the appointment!
 
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