I think Lamictal is a "happier" drug than Abilify. But it is one that works for me, so I am biased. Weight gain is not so much of a problem. I had dysphoria on abilify along with a bunch of other nasty side effects. Lamictal helps more with depression than with mania - so by definition, it's "happier."
Borderline Personality Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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