One month ago I was diagnosed by my family physican with having panic disorder and agoraphobia. I'll give a brief synopsis of both illnesses, including the symptoms of panic attack. Panic Disorder (My symptoms highlighted in bold): -Shortness of breath or hyperventilation -Heart palpitations or a racing heart -Chest pain or discomfort -Trembling or shaking -Choking feeling -Feeling unreal or detached from your surroundings -Sweating -Nausea or upset stomach -Feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or faint -Numbness or tingling sensations -Hot or cold flashes -Fear of dying, losing control, or going crazy Agoraphobia: is an anxiety disorder, often precipitated by the fear of having a panic attack in a setting from which there is no easy means of escape. As a result, sufferers of agoraphobia may avoid public and/or unfamiliar places. In severe cases, the sufferer may become confined to his or her home, experiencing difficulty traveling from this "safe place." I've been smoking marijuana regularly since the age of seventeen (I'm now just turned twenty-three) and never dealt with anxiety or panic attacks before. I've had the 'paranoid' moments commonly associated with the use of a psychedelic drug such as cannabis, but it had never been as issue until now. I'll spare the details of this hellish month, but I will say the attack was triggered after smoking marijuana and drinking Red Bull (my grandfather had also been hospitalized the day before). I'm now taking Ativan (Lorazepam, 10mg) and Cipralex (Escitalopram, 20mg) to medicate the attacks. For those unfamilar with the drugs, Ativan is a fast-acting drug used immediately when the panic attacks occur (relief is usually felt 30-60 mins after dosage), and the Cipralex is more of a long-term drug aimed at stopped the attacks altogether, although patients normally start seeing improvements after 3-6 weeks after the first dosage. The other night I smoked a joint (half-gram) and only took three tokes. It was about ten minutes later that I experienced a full-blown panic attack that lasted upwards of three to four hours. For anyone who's been through a real panic attack, it can be terrifying. Which leads my question: Should a person, having been diagnosed with these illnesses, continue to smoke marijuana? The smartest and most logical answer here seems to be "no", but I also don't believe it's that clear cut. Everyone deals with panic disorder in their own ways, and I'm sure this illness has not stopped people from toking up and enjoying their life as they once did. I'm hoping to gather varying opinions and the experiences of others so that I may come to a conclusion on the future between cannabis and myself. Right now I'm taking a break until I feel I can make a prudent decision, and in the meantime I'll leave it to the valued members of marijuana.com to discuss and weigh their opinions on the matter.