I'm sure you know that Abilify is now used to treat Bipolar disorders, and my particular psychiatrist says she's had excellent results with her Bipolar patients. However, I'm sure not everyone agrees with this and it's probably a matter of controversy. (I've done some research on the drug and know that its use in Bipolar is fairly new.) I'm willing to take a wait-and-see attitude, as I do with any new drug.
AT the moment I'm most interested in getting the hypomanic symptoms under control. I am a novelist, and this has severely impacted my concentration and ability to meet my deadlines, not to mention the spending problem (which is far worse than it has ever been.)
I respect other opinions, but also find it disturbing when people tell others not to take a certain drug because they had a bad response to it. I'm aware of side-effects, etc. I was taking Wellbutrin, and it did horrible things to me, but I also know it works tremendously for others.
Sorry if I sound defensive ... didn't mean to. Also, I've been taking Lexapro and Lamictal for months now, with no loss of appetite until recently.