So my psychiatrist just gave me abilify. I have never once had a manic episode and have been diagnosed with MDD and GAD. I don't have schizophrenia nor am I on the austism spectrum. Reading into it more I am learning that it is good for manic episodes. I do have mood swings but again never a manic episode nor any other bipolar qualities. Currently I am feeling suicidal and I am wondering if it will bring me down even more if I take it, or if anyone here has taken it when they were not bipolar or schizophrenic.
I suffer from major depressive disorder and take Abilify. I also take Cymbalta max dosage. I love my drugs. I'm out of the pit and I don't mind living and think I'm in a pretty good place. I'm not bipolar or anything interesting. I'm on a low dose, 10 mg , 2x daily. Tried going off of it undersupervision a couple of years ago and I just wasn't me. I started crawling towards the hole and wanted to stay there. I don'[t mind interacting with people when I take abilify.
I can understand your concern but I encourage you to give it a try, you can always discontinue it if it makes you weird or doesn't help.
Hi, Slc! Abilify is often prescribed as a monotherapy or as an add-on to other psychiatric medications whether or not you have a "diagnosis" of a psychotic disorder.
As Pamela has said, Abilify has been a wonder drug for me... and has given me my life back. Don't be afraid of it; instead of bringing you down you should find that it lightens your mood tremendously and gets rid of those suicidal thoughts.
Best regards and I know you'll be feeling better very soon. Wildcat
I personally wouldn't recommend Abilify for non-bipolar/non-schizophrenic patients. Abilify is an anti-psychotic drug which it can cause tremendous weight gain and develop Parkinson's Disease for prolonged use. For schizophrenic patients, the benefits outweigh the side effects. After taking Abilify, they do not have anymore hallucinations.
- Abilify Information for Consumers
- Abilify Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Abilify (detailed)
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