Psychological symptoms though… did anyone ever think those might be because now the symptoms were no longer being treated? I had a hella bad time when I went off Effexor after 6 years because I had been great for so long and thought I might not need meds any more. Brain shocks, lightheadedness, etc… But when the irritability and anxiety and rage and trouble sleeping came back, I certainly didn’t blame the withdrawal. Why? Because I suddenly remembered that I had been like that before the med during certain times. Now that I was off it, MY SYMPTOMS WERE BACK. Incidentally, I regretted going off it because it never worked the same again when I started back on it after 6 months. I am now in Pristiq, a reformulated version of the same drug, and completely healthy and happy again.