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#Abilify #menopause

I've been taking abilify for 20 years
I remember literature on it said.. could affect bodies ability to regulate temperature. Now I can't find info on that specific topic. I think I am personally affected by the potential side effect but I'm not sure because I'm going through menopause


Lower Abilify dose


Has lowering abilify helped with making anyone's flatness/flat feeling less flat?

I have no idea what disorder I have, but I know I struggle with extreme depression and anxiety

My psychiatrist had me go down from 10mg to 5mg of abilify. Just curious if anyone has noticed a difference in themselves when on a lower dose.

#Abilify #Depression #Anxiety


Worried I May Have Been Misdiagnosed at some point#Bipolar2Disorder #Anxiety #Depression #Zoloft #Abilify

I just had therapy this morning and my therapist noted again that I seemed up and down emotionally during the session. I will note than recently I was in the process of tapering off Abilify which was not successful because after 3 weeks I just couldn't handle withdrawal symptoms and the increase in anxiety. A week ago I went back on my regular dose of Abilify. In the last few days, I have been experiencing mild-moderate depressive symptoms. Mainly low mood, lack of focus etc.

My therapist has noted in our last two sessions that I'm up and down emotionally. It may be unnecessary worry but I'm concerned that sometime in the past I may have been misdiagnosed. I've had a diagnosis of major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder/panic disorder for many years. I'm wondering if instead of depression there's a possibility that it's actually bipolar 2.

I was curious so I searched for information online about bipolar 2 and there are a few symptoms that sound like some of what I have experienced. Believe me I'm not taking the possibility of being misdiagnosed lightly, I'm actually concerned.

I don't know if I'm just acclimating back to Abilify or if somehow the smaller dose of Abilify that I was tapering on somehow uncovered symptoms of bipolar.

I'm trying not to ruminate on the situation which is why I decided to post. Thank you for reading.


Tapering off Abilify #Abilify #Tapering #Anxiety #Depression #Antidepressants

Last week I saw my psychiatrist and it was decided that I would try tapering off Abilify. I'm on a fairly low dose so I wasn't expecting to have many issues. Fast forward three days into tapering and I have had headaches w/light and sound sensitivity for three days and pain relievers are barely helping. I also feel incredibly flat emotionally. Last night I couldn't sleep even though I take trazadone every night to help with that.

I'm not quite sure what to do at this point. While I wouldn't mind having one less medication to take is it really worth feeling this cruddy to get to that point? Anyone have any insight or advice?


To abilify or to not.

So I was prescribed abilify for my bipolar disorder today however after reading the pamphlets and the information online from google im not so sure I want to take it. I don’t have any of these side effects and I don’t want them. So now I have doubts about taking this medication. Does anyone in the community have insights into this medication that they want to share? #Abilify

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Moved across country now to change #MentalHealth clinic after same one for 15 yrs.

I’m stressing pretty bad tonight. I recently moved from Mobile, Alabama to Denver, Colorado. Tomorrow I have my first mental health appointment at the local clinic. I will be getting my usual meds refilled and my #Abilify injection. That part is not scary-that’s a good thing actually. What’s scary is having to go somewhere I’ve never been, be treated by front desk ppl/nurses/doctors that I’ve never met, and having to figure out where everything is and who everyone (the staff helping me) is. I have #Agoraphobia so all of this really amps up my agoraphobia symptoms. I am so scared about tomorrow that I #Cantsleep tonight. It’s almost 2am and I’m wide awake. I don’t know what to do to ease this. I’ve never changed my mental health #treatment team/facility/routine. I’m also worried about not seeing a therapist until May, and I’m worried what if me and the new therapist don’t match? I am trying to rationalize all of this-but do I sound like I’m overreacting? What would y’all do? How to not only get through my first appointment with them tomorrow, but how to find the normalcy and comfortablility in this whole situation?

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Abilify or seroquel?

So I have recently been diagnosed and I'm about to start meds as soon as possible. Because of my age only a very small number of antipsychotics are licensed for my use, therefore I'm going to on either aripiprazole (abilify) or quetiepine (seroquel). I know there is a difference in the side effects, but I was wondering if anyone has experience with either of these two or just being in antipsychotics, preferably atypical, in there adolescence. Apologies for any spelling mistakes and any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks xx
#BipolarDisorder #Antipsychotics #Abilify #seroquel #Aripiprazole #Quetiapine


Can’t ever win. #EatingDisorders #Anxiety

I finally worked up enough courage to speak to a doctor about my rapid weight gain. She quickly dismissed my concerns and just said it was my diet. After I spoke to her I read the notes as it was a video call. She called me obese and has an eating disorder in the same sentence. No compassion. No different wording... notta. Ok, I accepted that. I went to get my blood work. Week later got my results & spoke to the same doctor. I have an impaired fasting glucose. At risk for diabetes. I tell her that I’ve been eating the same and nothing has changed. Its something in my body. I speak to my psychiatrist. I mention I’ve been talking abilify for quite some time (4 years). IT causes weight gain & increased glucose. She decides to taper me off of it because its doing more harm than good. (The abilify was prescribed to me for my eating disorder voice).
This fog begins to lift from me. I don’t feel lethargic. I start cycling and walking. Then eating lower glycemic index carbs. The weight begins to drop. I don’t initially notice it. Until I’m 2 months in and people keep telling me I’ve lost weight. TERRIBLE idea guys... my eating disorder starts screaming. Cmon, cmon, just 5 ibs- uuuuhhh maybe 10 ibs. Then you’ll be ok. Honestly the endorphins from exercising I’m riding the high. People are reminding me that its always about looks. The inside never matter. In two months I lost a substantial amount. The thoughts are beyond intrusive. I’m going days without proper nutrition. I’m making myself sick & clearly I don’t care. I blame it on tapering off of another medication. The lies start coming out of my mouth without fail. I’m lying to myself again. Now, 2 months later my electrolytes are fucked. I’m having severe muscle cramping, spasms and for the first time bruising from my muscles contracting so badly. I’ve apparently been over hydrating - which is just as bad as being dehydrated because it causes me to lose a lot of Sodium. I reach out to my psychiatrist. I’m struggling I tell her. I can’t ground myself & its getting out of hand again. I can’t be put in hospital again for this. She tells me I should go back onto the abilify because of my ED voice. I totally get why she said that... BUT at what risk? To lessen the ED and health side effects. I JUST CAN’T WIN. I try to get my body back to its baseline and I gain a lot of weight. I stop taking it and I start restricting heavily. I honestly do not know anymore. Its so painful to have these thoughts all the fucking time. I’m super confused. I don’t know the right thing anymore especially when it comes to my own body 😢
#EatingDisorders #AnorexiaNervosa #BulimiaNervosa #LimboEmotions #Abilify #sad