About a year ago I smoked a lot of weed, but I eventually had to stop because it made me feel derealized. I was then fine for a good six months until one day I was driving and it hit me out of nowhere again. Again I shook it off and was fine. However, about two months ago I was in the middle of a really stressful semester and I had another feeling of derealization which caused a severe panic attack. Anyway it got worse and worse until it happened again and that's when I started going online. I looked up everything and I came to the conclusion that it was anxiety, slowly I started to feel better. However, I ended up looking up schizophrenia which said anxiety and derealization are two of the early warning signs. THis is when I full on flipped out I was ready to drive myself to the hospital because I thought I was about to lose everything to this disease. I have not stopped reading about it since and it hasn't helped at all. I was having existential thoughts before but now I'm having these paranoid thoughts like they said would happen on the pages about schizophrenia and I feel like I could hallucinate at any moment. Has anyone else felt this way during their anxiety and if so what did you say to yourself to calm yourself down?