Hey Drew, great news with your new-found-self! I too, am on Effexor and it has worked well for me too...altho, I don't think quite as well as it has for you. I am not complaining one bit tho. I am finally getting out again after being secluded for what seems like a long time. I enjoy seeing my friends whom I've missed etc...but always happy to get back to the comfort of home. I still deal with the anxiety of leaving the house - but on a much lesser level now. Once I'm out, I do just fine. This is huge accomplishment!!! So my friend, I soooooooooo understand where you are coming from.
Congrats! and may you continue in your freedom of joy.