Psychology & Medicine

Taking Effexor & Risperidone

Posted by Simon R. Downes on

I have been on Effexor for about 2 months to help with my social anxiety disorder. My doctor started me on 35.5mg a day for a week, then eventually upped to 75.5mg a day. At this point, I was feeling fine. Eventually, my doctor increased the dosage to 225mg and then 300mg. Oddly enough when the dosage increased, the effect was decreased. I am also taking Risperidone (2-4 tablets) before bedtime, could this be countering the effect of the Effexor? Hello and thank you for your question about whether Risperidone is countering the effect of the Effexor. Firstly, it is important...

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I am afraid I might have social anxiety disorder

Posted by Simon R. Downes on

I am afraid I might have a social anxiety disorder. I am not a very timid person, but I feel uncomfortable if I am the center of attention, such as speaking in front of a large group. I turn bright red and begin sweating and I can’t keep eye contact. It doesn’t happen when I am around friends. Because of that, I try to avoid those types of situations. My mom was diagnosed with OCD/schizophrenia. Is it a possibility that I can have this? Hello and thank you for your question about whether you have either/both social anxiety disorder or OCD/schizophrenia....

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I think I am depressed

Posted by Simon R. Downes on

I think I am depressed. I have never been diagnosed by a doctor. I am not on any medication. I don’t have any allergies that I am aware of. I don’t have any defining point that caused the depression. I don’t cut myself or think about suicide. I’m not really sure what I feel. I don’t really feel anything. When I think logically about my situation, I think I am depressed, but I don’t feel depressed. Do these seem like symptoms of clinical depression? What tips do you have to deal with this? Hello and thank you for your question about...

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Going through a midlife crisis

Posted by Simon R. Downes on

I am 45 years old and I think I am going through a midlife crisis. I had a reunion with some college friends from my past this weekend and after seeing how everyone else has grown, I feel like I haven’t. I started to think of all the things I’ve done, and none are noteworthy. I am not sure that I am the man who I thought I was. I am not sure who I am anymore. I feel depressed. I’ve been drinking alone at night till I passed out. What can I do to get over this? Hello and thank...

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Suffering from insomnia

Posted by Simon R. Downes on

I suffered from very severe insomnia and anxiety relating to relationship issues about 5 years ago. I have pretty much recovered from the anxiety now but I still experience insomnia. I have gone days without sleep before. I feel tension and aches throughout my body. I feel headaches and slowness. I thought my problems were related and if I got better from anxiety, I would get better from insomnia because both derived from the same issue. What can I do? Thank you for your question regarding your severe insomnia and anxiety. This is a serious issue so I am glad...

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