I've experienced similar effects. My mood has lifted, but I have lost motivation to do chores, plant flowers, exercise, do bills, and even start important tasks at work. I feel happier, but everything seems like a huge chore! I just don't want to do anything but sit on my butt and watch television, read, or surf the web. It's not a depressed feeling.... It's like a lack of physical energy causing my decision to procrastinate. It's also numbed my emotions. I've barely cried since my mother passed away 6 weeks ago. People probably wondered why I didn't take it harder. I wondered that myself. It definitely helps me fall asleep, but I can only sleep 3-4 hours answering then I'm awake. And lastly, I've gained 20 lbs in the year and a half that I began taking Effexor. I had already gained 15 lbs prior to Effexor from other antidepressants I tried. I am very frustrated with these side effects! I'm afraid of going off, but afraid of continuing the medication. It seems the longer you take it, the longer it takes coming off. I feel stuck!