I'm new here, however have been suffering with depression since around the age of ten (I'm now forty).
I've been on medication all of my adult life, for depression. Past drugs have included Lustral (which left me feeling suicidal at worst and numb at best), Citalopram, Fluoxetine and Mirtazapine.
For the past four years I've been taking 150mg (slow release) per day of Venlafaxine.
In terms of depression, it's very good. I have some very low periods, but they're relatively short and my suicidal thoughts are nearly gone.
However the brain fog is now becoming unbearable. I can't focus on anything that takes more than may be three minutes. Even my vision and ears seem 'fogged' (I've had sight and hearing tests and they're fine).
I have to nap for 30mins to an hour every day, due to terrible exhaustion, although my job isn't particularly mentally or physically taxing.
This is now ruining my life. I can't play with my young children as I have no mental energy whatsoever, so I live in a perpetual state of guilt.
I'm wondering if this is because of the Venlafaxine, or could this just be my mental state?
I'd be very grateful for anyone's thoughts on this. Because of previous bad experiences with anti-depressants, I don't want to go to the doctor to try something new unnecessarily.