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Helllo, I am new to this site and reaching out for some advise. I have been seriously depressed for the past 6 months. Shutting myself away, not enjoying the things I used to enjoy. Bascially, lost the old person I was. I would happily lay in bed or the sofa all weekends. I have no idea how I've held down my job. I tried taking venlafaxine generic ones back in the summer and they made me so sleepy. So about 3 weeks ago, i was the end of my tether. I went to a phychiatrist and she advised me to take the slow release ones (I was on these a couple of year ago and they were fine). I started off at 75mg, increasing to 150mg about 8 days ago. Since starting on the 150mg, i've had terrible anxiety, lost a few pounds in weight and the past few days, I've had the worst depression. Suicidal thoughts etc. Have not moved from my sofa for 24 hours. Please can anyone tell me if its normal to dip when you increase. I must admit over christmas, I was drinking - quite a lot, so this might have had some effect. Last night i woke up in the middle of the night thinking I was going absolutely mad with anxiety. Im really scared that if i get worst, I'll end up in a nut house or doing something stupid. Please any advise would be greatly appreciated.
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