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I have been taking 75mg slow release Ven for a couple of year now. Last year I lost my sister who I was incredibly close to. Since then I have been feeling like I’ve lost control of sooooo much of me and my life. Anxiety has taken over- to the point where I can’t eat, I freeze mentally, I am not functioning well at all. I have also had a lot of problems with my teen son. I can’t cope with feeling like I do at all. I have been back to GP and am waiting for a medication review with a psychiatrist.  However nothing ever gets to the bottom of the complete self loathing I have for myself and this anxiety is so so bad.

I have upped my ven adding in another 37.5 but not helping. 

Help me pls

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    Hi, Rhian,

    all I can say from my own experience, is that after 2 years on ven, I was aware that its efficacy was waning, , so this may be a factor -but in fairness -you have lost someone you could rely on for closeness and support -no wonder then, that you feel dreadful. Please don't give yourself a hard time for your feelings. 

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      I seem to go through cycles on anti depressants where they work for a couple of years and then stop. Now I am running out of options. I’m so tired of feeling low and tired and now anxious on top. It has been 10 years now on antidepressants and issues still not solved 😞

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      So, Rhian,

      again from my own experience - I came off Venlafaxin 'cold turkey' and experienced quite the worst period I had known at that time. I was left with dizziness and a pressure inside my head that never left me, but often felt like an electric pulse in my brain (I used to describe it as a train set that ran in one direction around the inside of my skull) -and I was left with a number of food intolerances I've never got over -please get  professional help, as I would not recommend the path I took after 6 years in all on ven.

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      I won’t stop taking it until I have seen the doctors and have a plan in place........ I have no wish to do myself any harm I just want to get better x
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    I should add in the past ten years I have been on Prozac, sertraline, citalopram, and cymbalta. They seem to just stop working 
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    Hi there, firstly i am very sorry for your loss. I'm no professional but at such a rime bothering the dosage may of been the best option, just to help you a little bit. I'm to awaiting to see a phyciatrist tbh! As my gp is just going around in circles with medication that all seems to be side effect related with me

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    Hi. I'm so so sorry for your lost. I have a sister, too, and losing her would be devestating. I'm glad you came here for support. I understand exactly what you're experiencing though. Our daughter moved home after being away at college and being on her own for two years after that. She had a severe depression among other things. Being that I am an anxiety sufferers, dealing with her issues, almost losing my mom, I almost lost it. I know that paralyzed feeling your talking about. I do.

    I finally started seeing a therapist, and I just spill my guts to her. I take it one day at a time and I really try hard to practice the advice she gives me. I pray all the time too. It truly has made a huge difference in my outlook.

    Upping your ven may help. Should help.

    Just make sure that it's the same pill or capsule you've been taking. The reason I mention this is because I was on a generic that was discontinued and substituted with another generic. After about two weeks, I began having breakthrough anxiety and panic. I think the second generic was a lesser quality. Of course, with every dose increase, your brain still had to adjust.

    I will keep you and your son in my prayers. You're not alone. We're here for you. One day at a time, breathe!!!

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