i've taken efexor for depression for about 6 years now
i don't think it has worked, but then again who knows how bad i would be without it
i only take a low dose now. i find stopping it very difficult, the withdrawl effects were terrible, so i just keep taking it.
what helps me most is having a regular routine, exercise, diet and work.
sorry to hear that its not working for you
i think it works best when u first feel it start to kick in
when i started taking it in 2006, within the next two months i was on cloud nine, had lost weight, gained energy and made new friends and i was able to work and actually enjoy it without being terrified
However, an antidepressant is only a band aid as some doctors have told me, in other words it does not get rid of the problem, it aides recovery but even something as good (IMO) as an SNRI like effexor, cannot help when circumstantial problems arise, like Relationship break-ups, bereavements, physical pains and bad days at work. when bad things happen thats when i go really low, but without the effexor it would be ten times as bad
on the SSRI, i was still depressed and anxious when nothing was going wrong, at least with effexor when nothing is going badly, they work
well they help me to see it that way
its still hard though
because too many pills (i was once on 6 X 75MG) make u feel numb
and too little give me the jitters