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12 hours ago · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I’m still down to 37.5. I’ve never had a brain zap, by the way. I wonder why. Curious some get them and others don’t. Anyways I’m working on the mood side of life trying to understand why I’m depressed to begin with. It’s a slog. I want results and a clear path! So American of me. I hate the zombie thing though. I wonder if I could switch to something less zombie like without upsetting the apple cart. I usually have a very hard time taking new antidepressants. Nasty stuff. Or get down to a smaller dose. I’ll ask the doc how to split 37.5 in half without all of those tiny beads. I imagine it’ll be switching to regular Effexor and getting those little tablets.

13 hours ago · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Curious, where do you live? You don’t go to a psyche ward in New York unless you’re… deeply psychotic and a danger to man kind. It’s nice to read about someone who goes to a hospital to get effective treatment.

Tue, Feb 18 12:42pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

That was very presumptuous of me to think you hadn't! I'm sorry. For what it's worth I never had a psychiatrist until now and it's made a world of difference when it comes to meds. A young resident with a medical university with access to highly trained doctors. I've never had real good success with meds, but this clinic helped me sort through the whole med fiasco and what I should be working towards.

And I hear you on the therapy… what a load of crap! Until now. I'm really getting something out of it. Meditation app. Reading. I don't know, I think I'm on the right track with this one doctor. He's leaving in June. 🙁 He's supposed to help me find a therapist outside this clinic. I'd really like to find a super talented one! I recently read "Maybe you should talk to someone." It was very good. I hope you find a good professional support to help you get through this.

Tue, Feb 18 11:03am · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

The only thing worse than Effexor is depression. I'm down to 37.5 mg and feeling MUCH better. I tried 0 mg a few weeks ago and the darkness came over me, so I'm back to 37.5 mg. Several very stressful situations have been resolved and so my depression is in general much better. But, clearly I'm still depressed. I work with a psychiatrist in therapy and if you're still struggling without medicine, you should get into therapy. I've been going for months and I have months to go. I had thought my childhood traumas were way behind me, but like my general practitioner warned me 20 years ago, those traumas do not just go away. I've got me some learnin' to do. Find a good psychiatrist for medication management to get you through it and a therapist to help with your depression. Easier said then done, I know. Good luck.

Tue, Feb 11 10:38am · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Yes, please, if you take a supplement please give details, like type, source, dosage(s), etc. And, make your own? How does that happen?

Tue, Feb 11 8:00am · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I've rediscovered energy! I'm like doing things, like sweeping while waiting for the laundry to spin. The down side is dreaming. I'm normally a vivid dreamer, and they're back. Ugh. Weird, creepy, scary dreams. I don't wake up, thankfully. Not yet. Insomnia is how my entire depressive state started, way back when. Leery of that insomnia thing.

I use Headspace for night time stories and night time waking.

Mon, Feb 10 8:01am · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

What do you take now? Is it less foggy?