Hello, My doctor is really pushing me to try Effexor. She thinks it may give me more energy. From the searches I've done on a couple of sites, it sounds downright scary. There were a couple of people who thought it helped them, but more, it seemed, that it did yucky things to. I keep telling her I'm not depressed, but she doesn't seem to believe me. (After all, doctors are supposed to put CFS patients on anti-depressants, right?) She recently referred me to a psychiatrist, and today she told me that it was because I'm more focused on my symptoms than her other patients with chronic illnesses! I couldn't believe it. I have been fairly detailed about my symptoms in talking to her, mainly because she just doesn't seem to understand. Like once I told her I was no longer able to do housework even though I was working less than 10 hours a week, and she said 'Well I can't get my housework done either! I have patients in a lot of pain that keep working.' Sorry to rant, I'm just feeling so discouraged right now. I don't think she knows anything about CFS. I should look for another doctor, but it's hard to find a good one who is still taking patients... Anyway, thanks for reading this far, if you did, and I'd be very grateful for any pros and cons about Effexor, or other suggestions.