Welcome to Healing Well. I am Kitt. I will give you some information but please remember I am not a professional so I am only making a suggestion as to why the meds you are taking were prescribed. J
Some of the physician's use what patient's refer to as a "cocktail" which is a combo of meds that works for them. My pdoc does not practice this way but that is not to say yours is wrong.
You should have had an indepth explanation re the meds, how they work, the side effects and when to expect results. I am sorry you did not receive that piece of information so I understand your concerns.
Some newer antipsychotic medications approved to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are being prescribed to millions of Americans for depression, dementia, and other psychiatric disorders
I would make an educated guess that the Abilify is being used off label in your case for depression
Effexor is an Antidepressant medication. Antidepressant medications are used to treat a variety of conditions, including depression and other mental/mood disorders. They may take as long as 4-6 weeks to see any improvement. This appears to be your physician's drug of choice for the depression.
The US FDA approved Lamictal for the treatment of epilepsy in 1994, and bipolar I disorder in 2003 . Off-label psychiatric usage it is used as adjunctive therapy for "treatment-resistant" unipolar depression. It may sometimes be helpful as a mood stabilizer in low dose. Reference: PDR Pocket Guide; 7th Edition
Please talk to your Pdoc re the meds and reason for prescribing them. It is one of many "cocktails" prescribed and each individual reacts differently to meds.
I wish you the best and please stay with us and keep posting.
Again a warm and caring welcome.