I kind of already covered some of this in a post I already made. Sorry for the redundancy. I'm a 30 year old who has suffered from anxiety (panic attacks, agoraphobia), a phobia of fainting, and depression off and on since I was 13. I have been off and on drugs since I was 23, when I finally sought help and was properly diagnosed. From 2010 to 2012 I was taking Venlafaxine and found it to be highly effective. I am a touring musician and after returning home after a successful spring tour in 2012, I decided to wean myself off of the Venlafaxine. A few months later, after still feeling good, I decided to move to NYC for greater music making opportunities and exposure. Unfortunately, the panic attacks returned in full force, eventually leading to agoraphobia. I moved back to my small town in Kansas, thinking that the hustle and bustle of the big city was causing my panic. Wrong again. I am now anxious almost all day, every day. Driving is hell. Restaurants are hell. Band practice is hell. Work is often hell. I can't even imagine playing a show at this point, which is the most depressing thing. Anhedonia has set in and I've tried to make positive changes in my life. I have been in therapy for 3 months and I've recently (in the past month) started exercising, eating well, not drinking in excess, smoking less, practicing mindfulness and paced breathing exercises, but nothing seems to be working. At a loss. Should I get back on Venlafaxine? I know there's no silver bullet for this thing but I'd love to hear some success stories.