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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 1, 2007
  • 01:51 AM

I recently smoked marijuana, which led to a panic attack. This panic led to me having panic off and on for about two weeks, with thoughts of killing myself to escape the depression and anxiety... I felt there was no meaning to life, and I couldn't interact with people on a normal level.. I became very afraid of social situations, and it even felt like friends of mine were not the people I always knew... Time became very distorted, the past two weeks seemed as if they were maybe 5 days all together. I had many percieved problems with memory although no one seemed to notice a difference... I had a hard time remembering the names of people I knew... When I woke every morning I felt like I would kill myself... I told a teacher about this and began to cry, she told me to seek professional help.. I felt like I was a different person and even now that I have changed in some way.. I get afraid every night when I go to sleep that I will wake up and feel like this again. I have many problems with sleeping, I wake constantly and have terrifying dreams. I don't know what is wrong with me and the counselor at my school is sending me to a psychiatrist which I can't afford cause my dad recently lost his job and insurance.. I don't know what is wrong with me, and I hope that this wasn't psychosis or something just as bad... I don't know what to do and I am afraid.....

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  • Are u sure that pot wasnt laced with something else? Havent heard of pot causing psychosis after just one incident of smoking it unless it was laced with somthing else like PCP for instance. Usually pot makes u feel very relaxed and makes u doxe off for awhile. But if you have such symptoms then go to a psychiatrist to treat the psychosis. Sure there wasnt some other underlying condition before smoking?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • darkgift, you definitely need to talk to a mental health professional. I don't think that the symptoms you're describing are psychosis; they sound more like strong anxiety. But either way, they're serious. If your school counselor is sending you to a psychiatrist, will the school also pay for it? If not, look in your phone book, in the pages near the front that have listings for community and emergency services. Look for crisis lines, mental health crisis lines, or general help lines. (In many parts of the U.S., you can now dial 211 and be connected to a social-services referral operator, 24/7 -- in most places this is run by United Way -- who can refer you to all kinds of resources.) Call one of these numbers. Almost all communities have some provision for people who need mental health care but can't pay for it themselves.'unregistered' made two good points: you may have already had an underlying condition that the pot triggered, or the pot that you smoked may have been laced with something else. How much do you know about either possibility? Do you have, or could you get, another sample of the same batch that you smoked, for possible lab analysis?I've had three somewhat similar, though shorter-lived, reactions to pot. On three different occasions, over a period of about 20 years, after I smoked pot I got the feeling that I was going insane. It was as if there were two parts of my mind, one trying to reassure me that everything would be OK, and the other telling me no, I was losing my mind. Those two sides argued back and forth, endlessly, and I went into a downward spiral of deepening terror. I thought I was actually watching myself go insane. All three times, I felt that I was in such danger of going berserk and hurting other people that I retreated to my bedroom, turned off the lights, and just waited for the end to come. And on all three occasions, I fell asleep and woke up the next morning feeling alright except for a headache or hangover.Obviously your situation is much different because your symptoms have continued for, what, two weeks as of the time you posted? And that was almost three weeks ago -- I hope you come back to the board and read this. Anyway, my three bad experiences seem to tell me two things:First, that it couldn't be just the pot that was responsible. Three different batches of pot over a period of 20 years, and they're all doped with something that caused the same reaction? No way.That in turn most likely means that I am unusually sensitive to pot, and unusually prone to bad reactions. (Prior to these three experiences, I had smoked pot maybe half a dozen times. The very first time I had a strong paranoid reaction, not as bad as the three I described, but enough that I wanted to get as far away from other people as possible. The other times I didn't react badly, but I also didn't enjoy it all that much.) I've told my experiences to a lot of other people who've used pot, and asked if they've ever experienced something like that, or heard of anyone who has. All of them said no. So maybe I'm just a one-in-a-million who's unusually sensitive to pot.My point is that you may be similarly sensitive. Was this the first time you ever smoked pot? If not, how did you react to it the other times you used it?Find some way to see a psychiatrist or psychotherapist, even if it means going to the nearest hospital emergency room and begging for help. I'm not clear about the law on this, but I believe that emergency rooms are required to treat you, whether you can pay or not (although if you go to a private hospital, they may tell you that you have to go to the nearest city or county hospital).Please get some help, and right away. And tell us how you're doing, OK? I'll be thinking about you.
    AmateurHistorian 74 Replies Flag this Response
  • I don't do any drugs, nor alcohol. Just want to bring up that we all have a spiritual side, and need to nurture it as well as our physical health. I'm a Christian, and I find if I don't take time out for the Lord, that's when temptations, etc. pop up. And I know satan can and does throw thoughts, desires, etc. we don't want into our heads. I'll be praying for you, and I encourage you to nurture a prayer life if you don't already have one.
    Sally B. 10 Replies Flag this Response
  • You may have had some kind of allergic reaction to it. I've never smoked anything before (not even a cigarette) but marajuana is a plant/herb and herbs (even health supplements) can have adverse reactions in some people. I'm not quite sure what you are experiencing is an allergic reaction however because of the duration. Still, it's important you tell any doctors you see about what triggered the change.Perhaps what happened is that your mental abilities began to alter under the influence of the marajuana, it frightened you, and you had a panic attack. Depending on how severe the experience was for you, it may even be classified as "traumatic" and thus resulting in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The difficulty sleeping is no doubt anxiety about what you feel might happen when you wake up, and even the memory problems can be attributed to anxiety if it's intense enough as to alter your conscious awareness. You should definately take the advice of the teacher and other users here and speak with a trained psychologist. If necessairy, they can do testing and find out if there is something going wrong neurologically or if you have an anxiety disorder. Your life is too important to think about ending it. Don't worry about the money or the insurance- doctors recognize the importance of getting help at times like this and I'm sure they will be more than willing to work out the billing situation with you.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Oops--just wanted to elaborate on what I mentioned above re. praying. I think I was a bit vague. Personally, I find my favorite prayer is the Rosary. This is a reflection on many key events in ****s' life. I'm Catholic, and realize many non-Catholics are often a bit confused about the Rosary, thinking "it's all about Mary." Actually it's asking Mary to pray for us, just like we ask friends to pray for us. Interesting many non-Catholics are now praying the Rosary. In fact a book club (mostly Protestant) recently carried a book about it. The Rosary is powerful- satan hates it! It's meditative, relaxing, soothing, etc. I've had many prayers answered through it, as have millions of other people through the ages. You can go to (or online) any Catholic shop and find simple booklets which will teach you how to pray it. I try to say 5 decades a day for all sorts of personal intentions. I like to say the decades (l Our Father, 10 Hail Mary's and 1 Glory Be) individually through the day. Again, this prayer is extremely powerful, and really beautiful. It's changed my life for the better--I love it! It really does bring you "closer to Heaven." Good luck and God bless!
    Sally B. 10 Replies Flag this Response
  • it's not the pot...go to www.ahummingbirdsguide.com SERIOUSLY go to the symptoms page and write down all the ones you have. Print the article and take it to your dr...it's not a joke and it can happen to anyone
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
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