I am hoping to get advice on depression medicine. I definitely need to be on some I just an scared of what type due to my last experience. I most recently was on Effexor and stopped taking it due to how quickly withdrawals came between Doses, and side effect. Coming off this medicine was the worst experience of my life and I never want to go through this again!!!! Because of this experience in hesitant to start a new medicine but I really need to. I'm very down, have no energy, sad all the time and no interest to do anything at all. It's affecting my personal life and my work. I used to be an all star but I see myself slipping becoming somebody I don't want to be. I'm really hoping I can get some success stories from others on here who have had great successes with a particular medicine. Effexor actually worked good for me but as stated it really made me sick between doses with withdrawal to the point I'd feel like I was I guess you could say "dope sick". I don't want to go through that again, ever. And that was my main reason for stopping. Among other side effects, brain zaps, memory loss, etc. I've also taken Prozac and although I had absolutely no side effects I didn't feel any different on Prozac it didn't help me. I'm not hoping for a medical drug here, I know side effects will effect everyone differently but I'm surely hoping to find a common link through this forum after posting in which people will say they didn't experience the hellish withdrawals on certain medicines, no brain zaps, etc. I need something to help me get back to my happy, outgoing, high energy self. Because I don't recognize the person I see in the mirror every morning I wake up.