Hi I have been on antidepressants for a very long time, I've been on several different ones but the recent ones were called venlafaxine. I went to see my GP about 3 months ago for something else and she asked how my mood was, i had been feeling ok ish, but I felt my new routine of doing regular exercise was helping more than my medication, I felt I had became immune to it. She suggested trying to come off and to try something else although I feel I would really like to be off antidepressants as they do have some nasty side effects. I have been reducing for the last 3 months and this week I am off all together. I feel proud I'm off but I think the tablets must have been helping as I feel pretty low, tearful, lonely, hopeless all the comman feelings you suffer with depression. I exercise everyday and I'm staying off alcohol at the moment, I have heard that the herbal 5HTP are very good anybody got any other thoughts on what I can do?? I am quite a determined person!! I have been on holiday for 6 weeks as I work at a school I'm hoping maybe being back at work next week will also help and keep me busy I just don't want to get to the rock bottom stage???