Panicking!

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2.5 weeks ago I increased from 150mg to 225. For the first 7-10 days I had headaches, increased anxiety and dizziness but for the last few days I've felt better. I'm not sure my depression has got any better yet but it was a relief to not have the horrid side effects. However I felt very on edge last night and whilst try to get to sleep I had what I can only describe as random thoughts! Thoughts that don't make sense almost. I'm now feeling really panicky that I'm going mad or losing control of my mind. I'm feeling quite scared actually. I've taken a diazepam to help me stop panicking, I just wondered if anyone had had something similar? Is it just anxiety? I've been watching some quiet dark crime dramas on tv and I'm wondering if it's that!

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    The best thing for you to do is try not to worry about it, it'll be anxiety and you need to try and cut into the spiral - worrying about anxiety only makes it worse. Try to relax and tell yourself it will pass. Recovery from depression and anxiety is never smooth, you are going to get ups and downs but things will gradually get better. I am speaking from experience here. I take 225mg venlafaxine with 30mg mirtazapine which turned out to be the right combination for me - everyone is different,

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      Thank you for your reply. I've felt a lot calmer today! I've been struggling with anxiety and depression since I had my 3rd child 15 years ago next week sad I've had long periods on other meds and been fine but they eventually wear off. Venlafaxine is the 4th medication I've been on x

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    I myself, have learned that it needs to be a real slow process when changing mgs, or anything connected with this med. I was on it for 17yrs and it stopped working. So almost 3 months layer of weaning off of it, a specialist told me that was way too fast, the weaning should still be going on. I haven't driven or worked since all of this, it's all just so frustrating, but I'm keeping my faith that this specialist will be a good choice. You need to be patient, which is hard for me. And I highly recommend seeing a specialist if you aren't already seeing one. They deal with this all way more than a family dr. I'm so sorry for the many who are struggling with this. I take Xanax when needed throughout this process. Keep in contact with the professionals.

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      Thank you for your reply. I've felt a lot calmer today! I've been struggling with anxiety and depression since I had my 3rd child 15 years ago next week sad I've had long periods on other meds and been fine but they eventually wear off. Venlafaxine is the 4th medication I've been on! I take diazepam when needed and I'm currently waiting to see the mental health specialist in my area x

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