Our expert says:
If you've been reading the forum for a while you'll know I personally do not like Effexor and don'tunderstand why it is such a popular prescription. Certainly the withdrawal effects from some antidepressants ( we vary quite widely as to whether or to what degree we might be affected ) can be troublesome. With many drugs which affect the brain, usefull or unhelpfully, it is wise to withdraw them gradually, by progressive, slight, reductions of dose, rather than to just stop them abruptly.
Fortunately there is no actual physical damage to neurones, just temporary effects on the way they function and handle some of the many micro-chemicals involved in brain function.
Combining sleeping tablets, especially by day, with Ritalin, is not a good idea. But I'm not sure I understand why one would put you on Effexor for that reason - Effexor is an antidepressant, which can be used in various situations but this doesn't sound like one of them.
With the right sort of expert advice, you will not be punished for getting better - I think your earlier plan made sense to you, but wasn't ever likely to be as effective and helpful as you hoped for.
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