The majority of my life I've suffered from depression and anxiety. Sometimes are better or worse than others. In my mid-twenties I finally saw a psychologist. I never wanted to take antidepressants. The doc eventually told me he was referring me to a Psychiatrist and I needed years of therapy. I gave up on all that for a few more years. Eventually I did go see a psychiatrist and after trying a few different antidepressants Effexor worked, along with Adivan. Now years later I'm back on Effexor. I find though that I feel much better on just Xanax, but I don't want to ask my doc for it cuz I hear that most docs won't prescribe it.