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I was initially on venlafaxine 75 mg for about 15 years. I had my dosed increased about 11 weeks ago due to heightened anxiety and severe depression. I have thyroid issues (Graves and Hashimotos) and my levels still are not the best. I also am dealing with hormone flucuations as well. I literally can feel my brain shifting moods throughout the day. But the depression is the WORST, I feel like I am numb....I have no feelings or desire to do anything when I get like that and it lasts for a while. Then it is like a cloud is lifted for a brief time and I feel "normal" I will be happy and have energy etc. I really am upset that the dose increase has not helped my depression. I guess I am asking what your thoughts and opinions are on whether I should increase again or try something new. I am so scared of trying something new because of the withdrawal of this medication. I am sorry for the long post. I just didn't know where else I could vent because unless you have experienced depression or anxiety I feel nobody else understands. Anyone dealing with hormone issues and thyroid issues if you could tell me what has stabilized you also that would be great. I cannot continue to live like this! It is effecting every aspect of my life.
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