I have a tendency to be very tender hearted and isnt doesnt take much for me to cry. I have been this way for years. It may sound pretty stupid but it started when I was a kid, my Mom's boyfriend said something very mean and cruel to me and I've never forgotten it. Anyway, I lost my Mom in Dec of 2006. I cried for days and then I finally went to the Dr. She already had me on 75mg of Effexor, but she bumped it up to 150 mg. I stopped crying as much but still cry at something sad (movies, abused animals, someone being ugly to me). I realized that Effexor isnt the answer for me so I am going cold turkey off it. So far I have been off 10 days and the main things I have noticed is I cant sleep but for small amounts of time and it takes forever for me to go to sleep. I cry for no reason, and have mood swings. So far, no sickness, dizziness, brain shocks. Any idea how long they will last? I also am having ringing in my ears, but that started while I was on Effexor XR, so I hope it will go away when I stop. The Dr tried to tell me the ringing was my allergies. I have hypothyroidism, diabetes,high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and I take allergy shots weekly.