So around a month ago I came off Sertraline as I thought that as not helping my anxiety as much as it used to so I have been on Venlafaxine for just over a week. For the past few days I have been experiencing very intense suicidal intrusive thoughts and impulsions, as well as very strong feelings of sadness, lack of motivation and worthlessness. I have been withdrawing myself from my family and boyfriend, not returning their texts for a day now. I don't really want to die but I am getting so strong images of killing myself, it's scaring me. I wasn't sure whether this was because of recently starting the venlafaxine as I have heard that starting antidepressants can initially amplify depression. However, I can't recall this happening when I started Sertraline 2 years ago, but I originally went on that for anxiety and low mood.

Is this normal when starting antidepressants? Has anyone experienced this before, especially with Venlafaxine? Thank you!

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