Hi, I have a couple questions regarding Anxiety/Depression/Panic disorder and medicinal marijuana. I was diagnosed with depression around age 12(1998) and tried numerous prescriptions(Paxil, Prozac, wellbutrin, Lexapro, effexor) to attempt to alleviate the depression with no relief at all. After visiting many doctors/psychiatrists without any relief I eventually gave up on medicines with undesired side-effects and began self-medicating with marijuana which seemed to drastically reduce my anxiety, and the panic attacks were almost non-existant(except for fear of getting into legal trouble.) While in college I had found myself in some legal issues(non drug-related) but was forced to take drug tests, stopping my use of marijuana. With my panic attacks coming back(primarily entering social/classroom situations) I again sought professional help for my anxiety/panic attacks. At age 18(I started college early at the age of 17.) I was diagnosed with Generalized and social anxiety, as well as panic disorder. After trying the previous drugs listed and countless others I recieved little to no relief from anything short of Xanax and have been taking that as prescribed since 2005(as in my state medicinal marijuana was non-existant.) Now it is almost 2010 and I am still on a pretty high dose of xanax daily(5mg's/day) to control my anxiety. I am worried about dependence/withdrawel symptoms if I don't take my medicine(primarily stroke/seizures) as well as how it is effecting my liver longterm and my sex drive. With recent laws in my state changing and medicinal marijuana being available to patients in need I was wondering if this was a viable option? I brought it to my psychiatrists attention and she had no advice to give me as she said she knew very little about how it has progressed. There is a clinic that will review my medical records and give me an answer as to whether I would be eligible but the fee is nearly $300 just to find out the answer. With my xanax costing me nearly $150/month alone, marijuana would be a much cheaper(and in my opinion) more effective treatment option(and was even recommended to me by a nurse who works in a county jail). In conclusion my question is would it be worth it to pursue a possible medical marijuana certificate for my disorders, or would I be wasting money that i just simply don't have? I don't want my psychiatrist to think I am "drug seeking" but I am worried about the side-effects of my current prescription and without any other medicines available that alleviate my symptoms I was wondering if the marijuana certificate is something I should give a shot? Any advice/feedback would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your time!