I am 28 years old and took Effexor for about 3-4 years and it did help with my anxiety a bit. I have ADHD and have tried a few medications over the last 13 or so years. After a while or taking Effexor, I started feeling cognitively declined and started to seriously worry so I tapered myself off over a month or two period. It has been almost two years since I've been off and let me just say... My brain is nothing like it used to be. I cannot remember anything! Short term and long term. I am in a 24/7 brain fog and am very "slow" when it comes to processing information. I feel like I am in my 90s getting dementia or something! I never used to be like this. I am smart enough to recognize that within the last 2 years, my cognitive functioning has dramatically changed. My brain feels like it is damaged and I struggle to focus and be alert enough to even pay attention. I feel so lost and helpless because I cannot see what the problem is or know what to do about it. I understand that it's possible that my anxiety is causing the brain fog but that doesn't explain the memory issues. I have been considering seeing a professional again to try to get back on medication but fear that I will just be prescribed another chemical that who knows what is doing to my brain. Any help is greatly appreciated!