I’ve been fighting some depression symptoms and an increase in anxiety this past year. It’s all kind of coming to a scary point, so my p-doc recommended trying effexor xr in addition to my 1800 mg of trileptal. I had already tried 3 ssri’s, Wellbutrin, and cymbalta. This one seems to actually be working—my system is calm, less reactive and sad, but I woke up at 3:45 am and have been awake for 2 hours now. I think my concept of time has been a little off so maybe I was dozing, but my mind is thinking about a lot of things right now and I’m having a sinus headache. I’ve been reading about withdrawal and wondering if I should really get involved with this one, but it’s so nice to feel much calmer and have my panic tapered down. It feels like a bandaid to what could become a bigger problem, so will it be worth it, if it helps me live?