Raised the dose from 20 to 25 mg 4 days ago. I feel almost no effect..
I have taken a number of antipsychotics for schizophrenia. None of them independently improved my negative symptoms. I truly believe, from my own experience, that negative symptom improvement began only after almost 10 yrs of not only medication trials, but doing everything possible to feel better. Abilify? Just one of several that caused me restless legs, insomnia, akithisia, and a feeling of severe anxiety. I was actually bouncing around on the balls of my feet, unable to stand still.
You don't say which negative symptoms bother you most, but my best advice is not to stress out about it. Instead, work on one at a time. Set yourself small goals. No motivation? Spend just a few minutes a day doing SOMEthing, ANYthing related to what you'd like to be able to do in the future. Doing this over time helped me more than any one medication or even all the medications together. Don't wait for the medications to fix you. Take them to help you sleep enough, to calm your thoughts a little, and the rest is pretty much up to you.
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