Making My Way Out of the Darkness of Depression and Anxiety
Healing from Panic Attacks, Depression, and Marijuana Use at Age 18
“I am a 19 year old woman who began working with Dr. Lee when I was 18 years old. Before I began working with Dr. Lee I was experiencing minor depression and anxiety. My psychiatrist at the time wanted to add Zoloft to enhance the effects of the Prozac I had been prescribed. Two weeks later, I began experiencing severe panic attacks with weakness, shaking, shortness of breath, and nausea. In addition, I was experiencing hair loss, insomnia, acne, and extreme fatigue. My panic attacks became so severe that I missed flights and had to be put in a wheelchair just to make it to the gate. I had been smoking marijuana heavily for 2 years, 4-5 times a day. But, at the time, I had abruptly stopped smoking due to travel, which probably worsened my anxiety. Because of my symptoms, I wasn’t able to return to college for spring semester.
When I first began working with Dr. Lee, she came up with a nutritional/supplemental regimen and taught me plenty of energy techniques to help with all my crazy problems. At first, I questioned whether supplements and these profound energy techniques would really work. Despite my doubts, I decided to dive in and give it my best shot. While it wasn’t an easy process and took 11 months to get to where I am today, I’m so glad that I decided to stick with it because now I’m doing great!
I just finished up my first semester back in school with straight A’s! Yay! I have completely stopped smoking marijuana, and was able to withdraw from all of the meds I was on. My hair is thicker, I’m sleeping normally, my energy is fine, and my skin has cleared up. I can finally go out and hang out with friends without fear of having a panic attack in front of them, and I can get on a plane!
My recovery means so much more than not being sick. I have learned so much about myself and the healing process that I am now planning on attending medical school and becoming a holistic psychiatrist. This journey has led me to uncover who I truly am and live as my most authentic self. Thanks to Dr. Lee and all her help, I no longer wake up dreading the day ahead, but now am excited to start each day.”
K. G. M.