So I went to the happy shrink guy for my follow-up appointment and told him what happened when I tried to taper off Effexor. His response? "Boy, that's weird." "Weird" means more, somehow, coming from a psychiatrist.
And then I got the results back from my latest round of blood tests. When the last ones came in, my cholesterol was in the mid-180's, which, combined with my family history, made me a little nervous. So I cut back on booze, cut out junk except for a treat now and then, and upped the amount of lean protein and veggies and fruits I eat. I also incorporated more cardio into the workouts I have with Attilla, and started cardio on my own.
Whereupon my cholesterol went up twenty-four points.
I'm going back to a diet of burgers and beer. I may start breathing methane; it's probably the oxygen in the atmosphere that's causing my problems.