Patient : I was diagnosed with breast cancer 7 years ago and am now cancer free. I was on Tamoxifen therapy for 5 years and was put on Effexor to help combat hot flashes. I stopped the Effexor one year ago last September and am still experiencing extreme depression. I was NOT depressed before taking this drug; I have ever been a strong and optimistic sort of person. I have no control over my emotions anymore; I cry at least once a day. Watching TV-even commercials for God's sake, reading, driving, I am constantly overcome with emotion. I take absolutely no pleasure in any activities and pretty much feel like for all the pleasure I get from life now, the cancer might as well have killed me. I laughed for the first time in months the other day and ended up sobbing. What is wrong with me. Why is this happening?
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