Yes. And no. Getting new problems you never had before, such as anxiety, is symptomatic of the worst form of withdrawal, and you're lucky you have a good doctor who is aware of this. But I'm wondering whether that bipolar disorder diagnosis is correct. Might be, might not be -- bipolar is a fad diagnosis right now, way over-diagnosed, because there are "new" types of it that aren't true bipolar but are just describing the symptoms some get from suffering depression. These categories are usually devised by pharmaceutical companies to sell more drugs. So, yes, it's possible it's a withdrawal symptom, but since you went on the drug for depression in the first place, it could also indicate you never did anything to fix it. Drugs tamp down symptoms, they don't cure this stuff. Therapy might, and might not, but if it does, it's fixed. Drugs can't fix it because we don't know what causes depression. Whatever it is, it's not anything targeted by either antipsychotics or antidepressants at the moment, though there's a new one that actually targets the neurotransmitter currently in vogue as causal. We just don't know. So it might be you really are a depression sufferer. You might have been talked into believing his cycling stuff, as that's what we do when we suffer from depression and anxiety. Or it could be absolutely true. In other words, you're in a pickle. You've had symptoms that are definitely withdrawal, and some that sound like what you originally took the drug for, which would most likely not be withdrawal but could be. Nobody knows for sure. My question would be, you do say your mood improved significantly when you went on mood stabilizers, so that's evidence your doc is right, but it could also be that the Effexor might have been wearing off in effectiveness, as they sometimes do after we've been on them for a long time. Again, there's no certain answer to your question, but discussing all this with your doc will help as he or she sounds like a good one. It's just hard to do this stuff. If everything were easy, one thing to try would be to go off the antipsychotics and see if just being on the Effexor makes the depression go away. It might be you need to be on an antidepressant along with a mood stabilizer, as if you truly are bipolar, depression is a part of that. It just might be that a very stimulating one like Effexor isn't the one to be on. I'd discuss all this with your doc, make a decision together, and see how it goes. Again, he or she sounds like a good one, you can always tell when they know how hard it is to stop Effexor. Most don't. All the best.