It’s very common for people with severe anxiety to worry that their symptoms will worsen or that they will develop a severe mental illness. It is one of the most common questions that I receive.
The best way to prevent your symptoms from worsening, is to seek mental health treatment. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable. Without treatment, anxiety disorders can worsen and be quite debilitating. With treatment, the opposite is true; symptoms diminish and the quality of one’s life improves significantly.
Seeking professional mental health treatment is the best strategy for protecting against the development of severe mental health problems.
It’s also important to avoid illegal drugs. No one can say with certainty that your chronic use of marijuana has caused your mental health problems, but it is a definite possibility. Studies consistently show that individuals who use marijuana are at a higher risk of developing mental health problems and psychosis, than individuals who do not use marijuana. Avoid illicit drugs to protect your mental health. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle