The experiment with Venlafaxine is finally, FINALLY over.
It took me forever and forever to taper slowly enough to not have mind-bending headaches, but I'm on my second day with no Venlafaxine, and I feel good. In fact, I feel slightly less fatigued than I have during the weeks of tapering. Yay!
I still think this drug is probably helpful to some people and if so, bully for you! But it's not for me.
Currently, I'm on a small dose of Cymbalta, which doesn't seem to be making much difference, but it's hard to say. Which may mean it IS working...
Anxiety is such a real problem, and it's not something I can just flip a switch and control, but I'm exercising more (I got a dog, and I walk her nearly every day) and I'm sleeping MUCH better since we got a magnetic mattress pad (it has solved the problem of my arthritic spinal pain), and these things probably help the meds to actually work.
P.S. If I haven't said so already (and I think I did) essential oils did NOTHING for my anxiety. If they work for you, that's fantastic, but for me they might as well be called "snake oil".
P.S. #2- I still haven't gone to get a massage, though I've been thinking about it for, oh, 6 months or so. Since my anxiety is specifically Social Anxiety, I'm really struggling to work up to going and letting someone touch me. Like, really struggling with it. So it hasn't happened. I wonder, though, if I can get a massage every few months, if that would help relieve some of the tension in my shoulders and neck and jaw. (Symptoms of anxiety). Round and round I go...
P.S. #3- Three of my four children have now officially been diagnosed with anxiety. My two sons who are 18 and 20 are on meds, but I don't know what and I don't know if they are actually helping. I read somewhere that sometimes anxiety and depression will "peak" in young adulthood, so hopefully they can get through these stressful years and sail into adulthood without needing meds for too long. But if not, at least they are trying to manage it!