Posted by Alara on September 19, 2002, at 22:12:27
In reply to First Drug Holiday--Update, posted by beth b on September 19, 2002, at 15:34:22
> "Thank God it didn't last past Monday night. So it was like three days below the earth and then I was ok. So far I feel pretty good. I can CRY which is actually a relief because it has been over a year since I have been able to feel...anything. We'll see how it goes, I don't want to get my hopes up too high."
Beth, doesn't it feel great? I mean, so many people believe that crying is something AWFUL or UNBEARABLE but, at least for me, crying has always provided tremendous relief.
My experience on Effexor was similar to yours: I lost a part of my ability to feel - although I probably needed a holiday from my feelings at the time! I have now been off the drug for one month and I feel as though I've rediscovered my soul. I cried buckets on the anniversary of September 11th, which is something I needed to do. (Would you believe that I was so numb on the Effexor that the reality of that terrible event didn't hit me until one year later, when I was drug free?)
Anyway, I'm so glad to hear about your speedy recovery. Maybe there IS a reason for you to get your hopes up. :-)