Our expert says:
Well, someone who recognizes that they may be behaving like a moron, can't entirely be a moron. Personally, I have been cautious about the use of Venlofaxine in higher doses, and it can indeed potentially feed anxiety type symptoms, etc. But with ANY AD or other major psych med, it is ALWAYS foolish to stop it suddenly and/or without the specific advice of your prescribing shrink. It may help to start taking it again for the time being, as maria says, at whatever lower dose you were previously comfortable on, until you can get an urgent appointment to see your shrink again for re-assessment of the situation and fresh advice on what to do next.
You may be better suited by a different AD ( generally, if one has a true depression, one should remain on meds for at least 6 to 9 months before stopping them, even though one should start feeling better much sooner than that.
Why the wounds are hurting I can't judge from a distance, and your shrink can also assess and advise about this. It's quite typical when someone cuts themselves while in an emotional turmoil that the actual cutting may be strangely pain-free, with the pain returning later, as one calms down. Maybe they are mildly infected. Treat them, meanwhile, like any similar wounds, with antiseptics and bandages, preferably on the advice of your GP or shrink
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