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Tue, Apr 21 4:38pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Thanks for reiterating that now is not the time to be doing a tapering off antidepressants/anxiety medications. I will be posting the plan that worked for me with very minimal side effects in the near future.. Please read my thread of posts @sheffieldsmith for a sneak preview as you PLAN your countdown to become Venlafaxine (Effexor) free…. ) but please do so only ONCE THIS PANDEMIC IS OVER, as your body and mind can only take so much bombardment of emotions at this time). Also, take the time to read and take notes on the above mentioned contributing members highlighted by our fabulous moderator, Colleen Young. Thank you again for keeping these conversations all tidied up, Colleen!

Sat, Apr 18 6:19pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Love and prayers…maybe you can find some peace today and in the days to come. 🙏❤️🙏

Fri, Apr 17 7:24pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Indeed, it is our collective thoughts and prayers that are comforting and powerful, TexasDuchess. Peace and love to all who are reminded of their own painful losses in life as we sit with our own memories.❤️🙏

Fri, Apr 17 7:18pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Beautiful poem! Thank you for posting, Jake!

Fri, Apr 17 4:42pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

Sincere condolences on the passing of your dearest son. I cannot imagine the darkest nights of the soul you or your son have endured up to this point. It seems that many already teetering on the edge have lost hope during this time of pandemic sheltering, social distancing, and resulting repercussions of job loss, unemployment and economic uncertainties. The coping skills for adversity that our parents and grandparents used in their hard times are the very ones we need to dig deep and draw upon today. It is our legacy to us, and we must all recognize therein lies our superpower to endure and thrive. Nurses already seem to have innate, pragmatic superpowers that most of us are in awe of when they are confronted with their own personal losses. I’ve observed it in my nurse sister-in-law who lost her husband (only brother to my husband) to a virulent strain of pneumonia 6 years ago. Her understanding of the life and death cycles, and strength of purpose to push forward in faith has been an inspiration to all her adult children, as well as my husband and myself. Sitting with her grief, without meds, was her choice and a remarkable testament to how the human body can grieve and endure a great loss while carrying on each day with meaning and hope for the future. I pray that you will be encouraged and strengthened by the positive light and presence of those who have endured their great losses and weathered the similar storms you have encountered…..May the hard work of sitting with your grief and loss as you “endure the darkest nights of the soul” serve to strengthen and renew your faith and hope for the future. Love and Peace to you as you make those baby steps, Brightwings…Your beloved son is at peace, and may you find solace in knowing his struggles are now over. 🙏❤️🙏

Wed, Apr 1 4:39pm · Tips on minimising withdrawal symptoms from Effexor (aka Venlafaxine) in Depression & Anxiety

I understand your feelings of despair over whether or not you’ll get better soon and “see the light at the end of the tunnel”. Yes, in all probability, YOU WILL. Please go back and check my posts and those of ace contributors you see recurring on here. We all have given a precise and consistent history of our journeys and present status. It would be a big help for you to see our success stories and present statuses. In my particular case, I became more alive and “with it” within 6 months of my final weaning off Venlafaxine. I currently only get occasional feelings of anxiety, and very little depression now, even with being on the free-falling rollercoaster ride we’ve all found to be our “pervasive new normal”, WHICH IS ONLY TEMPORARY. If you need help navigating this awesome forum to find our history of page posts, please reach out and let one of us know. Just click on our profile name and it will take you there! Your only job is to take care of yourself at this time and I hope you’re following some of the excellent advice posted here! Many have influenced and helped me to be where I thankfully am today. Now, you have some reading to do, friend! Let us know if you have any questions and we’ll pop in to answer! KEEP ON KEEPING ON…..

Wed, Apr 1 3:32pm · Now is NOT the time to be Tapering off Depression or Anti-Anxiety Meds in Depression & Anxiety

Best plan for what we’re all going through at this time!

Wed, Apr 1 3:31pm · Now is NOT the time to be Tapering off Depression or Anti-Anxiety Meds in Depression & Anxiety

Thank you for sharing this beyond our discussion group on managing Effexor/Venlafaxine withdrawals and tapering threads. We all need to be doing what is safest for our bodies and brains at this time. We all know this is not going to last forever!