I am very sorry to have come across that way... I meant nothing of the sort. Depression is crippling and I meant nothing less.
However, these medications are not meant to be taken without therapy and any psychologist will say so. I'm not saying anyone here can get themselves off their @ss, and i certainly did not-I'm still getting up off of mine and I still take Effexor every day, myself, though I feel I am recovering after 27 years of off-and-on therapy without medicine (which can be equally ineffective) and medicine without therapy and a good combination of both. I've been lucky enough to hit the right combination is all... the right diagnosis, right medicine, right psychologist, right therapist. The medication is supposed to better enable a person to do that, though, and if it doesn't, it's not working. That's all I meant.
The only way to suffer the withdrawal is to not take the medicine and it's just not a good idea to self-medicate, even if that means getting off of it by yourself. Why would you be not taking a medicine you and your doctor consider necessary for your own well-being? If you take it like you're supposed to, you never have the symptoms. If you take it as it is prescribed, and have side-effects like those described here anyway, this forum isn't the place to get answers, your doctor needs to know immediately.
I know I got side-tracked and was kinda waiting for someone to point that out, but I stand by the advice I have given as it was intended, to point folks toward a better understanding of overall treatment of a crippling illness, using medication and also professional help. It may take more than one therapist or technique to get through depression, but it's not usually incurable, at least not the types that are treated with this medicine. A true chemical imbalance, like bi-polarism, is another matter and usually does typically require a lifetime of medication, but not Effexor.
I understand how tired depression makes a person. You don't want to get up and do a darn thing! It's enough to just continue to function, let alone go to what seems like the trouble of getting better. It's the very nature of depression to put a heavy weight on you-it's suffocating.
The idea that a simple pill can cure it is exactly what the pharmecuetical companies that advertize Effexor, Zoloft, and Wellbutrin (which can cause a heart attack with just a few doses-I have personal experience with that one, too) want us to believe, but I've been in the care throughout my journey of a few licensed psychiatrists that maintain that these meds are not meant to be used as cure-alls and have read enough about it to know for myself that it's true.
They are wonderful and I'm sure I'd be dead by now at my own hands without their invaluable help! I'm not advocating anyone coming off of them without recovering first-I'm questioning why someone would try to take themselves off if they see it as helping them.
If the side-effects are severe when taken properly, tell your doctor. If the withdrawal is uncomfortable, take them as directed so you don't suffer withdrawal. I suffer withdrawal, as I said, but it goes away when you start taking it again. If it doesn't, then it's not withdrawal, it's a negative side effect your doctor needs to know about to treat you properly. The nature of withdrawal is that you are not taking the medicine, so the answer is to take it. If you want off of it, see your doctor. If you have bothersome side-effects, see your doctor. Having side-effects happens when you TAKE the medicine, withdrawal when you DON't. Therefore, if you want to talk about keeping things on the original subject, side-effects of the medicine is not being questioned, but the withdrawal when the medicine is not taken.
I'm sorry if I've offended you (again), but I think what I said was probably helpful to some and none of us can always avoid offending everyone that comes in here. Getting into technicalities about the original post and the like causes fights. I was just going with the flow of the conversation like anyone involved in a live talk would. It's what I would say if we were all standing around, drinking coffee, talking about depression and it's treatment, including the use of medications like Effexor. I certainly didn't mean to tell anyone to get off their depressed a#@ and change their life all by themselves. We all need help from time to time and the truly depressed definitely need it.