User Reviews for Aripiprazole to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Also known as: Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada, Abilify MyCite, Aristada Initio
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Reviews for Aripiprazole
"My psychiatrist started me on 2.5mg to supplement my SSRI. Within about a day or two I started experiencing a period of what was probably hypomania; many told me I looked happy. I almost completely stopped picking at my scalp and hair. (About a 85% reduction.) My PTSD had been a nightmare. When at the gym, men would often walk behind me on the elliptical and would often look at my rear, and I'd feel triggered and panicked. On Abilify, I was aware but no longer triggered by threats to my space such as this. I also felt less powerful urges to self-harm, which were rather distressing before starting this drug. Long-term: I'm less severely depressed! I also noticed that I stopped having fights with my S.O., probably because I felt less threatened by micro-events. The only downside - I've put on about 10lb. However, my doc put me on Metformin as a way to counteract some of the metabolic effects."
rachelxsutton (taken for 6 months to 1 year) February 6, 2019
4 users found this comment helpful.
"I don’t know how to explain how incredible I feel since being on 2mgs for only 5,6 days. I was under extreme stress for years & became totally frozen with fear, anxiety, major depression and was spinning out of control. I worked with my psychiatrist, gave her my exact symptoms. She was just so understanding, as I am not a huge proponent of psychopharmacology, nor have I ever taken something so strong. Im using less pain medication, I’m running again, I’m waking up and able to get out of bed, which I haven’t been in so long ... I’m losing weight which feels miraculous.... I feel miraculous! This drug is giving me my life back!"
FLSunshine (taken for less than 1 month) April 7, 2018
6 users found this comment helpful.
"My 14 year old daughter and I were hit head-on by a drunk driver on Xmas Eve of 2015. We both spent weeks in the hospital and she sadly passed 6 months later. I subsequently went into a downward spiral and tested positive for PTSD. 1 mg of Abilify per day has seemingly been transformative. Within a week my symptoms were cut in half. They were reduced further after another week. I am now on week three and doing even better. My only reservation is that I don't sleep as well and have had a few insomniac nights. I'm going to start taking it in the morning and see if that helps."
Theologicae June 23, 2017
7 users found this comment helpful.
"I've been clean for almost 4 yrs. 1st time in my life. I got off all these medications because I was so messed up.I had a Combination of the diagnosis listed and PTSD. When I detoxed I was blessed to be in a facility that took me off all of the meds. I was taking for all my diagnosis. Replaced it all with exercise, NA mtgs., working with my sponsor, my therapist and talking to my Hp everyday. The first yr. I was so out of it but I eventually felt so much better. This medication caused me to become manic, having anxiety attacks, my upper abdomen became distill, I became incontinent and couldn't go poo to save my life. Basically, I went back to Oaklawn and was honest with the pysiciatrist I have now and I told her how hard I was working to not have to go back to having to put this crap in me."
Chris st.3216 December 2, 2016
2 users found this comment helpful.
"I started taking Abilify 3 days ago to go along with paxil and vistral and I feel great the reacurring negative thoughts are more under control and sad feelings are gone. I am so thankful"
KiaB (taken for less than 1 month) July 28, 2016
8 users found this comment helpful.
Abilify Discmelt (aripiprazole): "Had simmilar antipsychotic effects of Seroquel, and yet had far less sedative and flattening effects on the psyche. A great alternative to other medications with similar applications."
ptsd February 7, 2012
14 users found this comment helpful.
Abilify (aripiprazole): "So far I would recommend taking this at night. Instead of having insomnia it made me very sleepy."
bandit64 April 20, 2011
12 users found this comment helpful.
Abilify (aripiprazole): "While this medicine helped, and really did snuff out the symptoms associated with my trauma disorder. It also had so many side effects. Taking it would put me into a sleepy sort of fog, and felt very out of it. We then tried Minipress, and have had much more success with that. I now use Abilify as an emergency medicine. It acts as a great last resort to stop all of the overly emotional symptoms associated with an attack/flash back, and helps put you back in a better place, even if it gets a bit foggy. I haven't used it for a couple weeks now, but I haven't also worked on the trauma issues for a while as well. I'd give it a 10 for rare emergency use, and a 5 for day to day use due to its side effects, thus the 7"
jk13 August 27, 2010
18 users found this comment helpful.
"Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was the most awful thing that I've ever experienced, bringing me back to terror unlike anything I've felt for over 15 years. My love for my kids saved my life. I already have depression, Fibromyalgia, SAD, many anxiety types, and likely narcolepsy, currently taking 8 medicines that did nothing for the trauma. Only 2mg of Abilify stopped all of the symptoms, but made me very tired, falling asleep at 8pm (Narcolepsy). Other than that, I regard this medication as being extremely effective. I had bad side effects (even more sleepy) but took 7 days to lessen (now less sleepy than before), unlike the 2 days typical of these medicines."
jk13 July 23, 2010
10 users found this comment helpful.
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