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Hi I have tapered my dose of venlafaxine from 225mg at Christmas to 75 mg for the last 3 weeks. I have had none of the physical symptoms but psychologically I am not feeling better.I just don't know if I am feeling any worse. I stopped taking the higher dose as I was not feeling any good on the 225mg dose. I just think I am feeling down because of my circumstances. I had a high paying job that required a lot of skill and I have lost my confidence to do it . I just think I am no good at it after 30 years ahd this is what drove me down. I can no longer provide for my family like I once did. I have lost all my personality It has been 3 years since I have worked and the longer time goes by the worse I feel as it is more apparent I will never work..I I recently found out that 4he anti psychotics I have been on shrink your brain. Coupled with the fact that I have had ECT I am convinced I have lost a lot of cognitive ability, resulting in me unable to do any job. I feel stupid. I was on them for at least 2 and a half years and at times on high dosage. I have found lately thatvI don't want to do anything. I just want to lie down. I know I shouldvexcercise but I can't. When I do I want to cry. Again I look at everyone around me excercising and think they are happy and working and this brings me down. Anyway I could go on. My question is- I was stupid to lower my dose of Effexor when I was not better. I just was not better on the higher dose. I have been up to 325mg. Iwas just sick of all the drugs I was on and not feeling better. I thought the drugs were actually causing me to be dulled and dumbed down. I uust don't know. My life is in freefall. My relationshipsvare falling apart. Financially I am not in a good place. What do I do? I have tried every drug combination known to man. I am hopeless at CBT. I have no plan. My psychiatrist is away for 6 weeks. Should I increase my dose of Effexor. I know I am not good but will I be any better on 150mg. I feel lucky I have not had any physical symptoms since decreasing my dose that it would be such a pity to go back up. I hope this has made some sense. Any advice would be appreciated. .
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