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Extremely stressed, difficulty in breathing, sweating. Smoke marijuana regularly. Suffering from depression?

I m beginning to suspect that I might have anxiety? I get extremely stressed over the most trivial things, and whenever I do get stressed, I feel like I can t breath, I start sweating & immediately start to cry. I feel like just about anything can cause me to have a break down, school and talking to authority figures in particular. I was very depressed in high school & I don t know if this could just be depression still. I have been smoking marijuana regularly for the past year. Being high is so far the only way I can cope with stressful situations without breaking down and crying in public.
Asked On : Sat, 16 Mar 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Dec 2014
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The symptoms of being stressed on trivial things, sweating episodes, crying spells, difficult respiration etc are features of anxiety disorder. Also as crying spells are present so chances of Mild Depressive Episode are also there. Smoking over all increases the anxiety.
As it is an anxiety disorder so treatment is must for this condition. Management with Beta Blockers as Propranolol or Benzodiazepine as clonzepam will help to give symptomatic relief in anxiety.
Other medicines like SSRI as Sertaline, Fluoxetine etc. and SNRI as Venlafexine, Desvenlafexine etc. will help to treat anxiety.
Relaxation exercises, yoga will also help.

Visit your psychiatrist for opinion.

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi
Answered: Sat, 16 Mar 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Srikanth Reddy's  Response
Thanks for posting a query in health care magic.
From the description that you have stated it appears that you are probably having a panic disorder. Use of marijuana will escalate the problem in the long run. You need professional care and should visit a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist may consider you for a Cognitive behavioral therapy and also start you on some anti anxiety drugs like fluoxetine, paroxetine, venlafaxine etc.
In addition, proper diet and regular exercise will also go along way in helping in your problem. Say no to drugs.
Hope I am able to solve your concerns.
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Wish you good health.
Dr. Srikanth Reddy M.D.
Answered: Sun, 17 Mar 2013
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