Abilify is terribly expensive, as you suggest Red Lightening; it's also
a good choice medication for bipolar I.
You don't mention whether your son might be bipolar. If he is, Depakote is a good one (far, far less expensive than abilify or Lamictal).
Lamictal is also the best medication I ever took as a mood stabilizer, and the patient needs only a very small amount. (I think I was finally taking 15 mg. each day before I stopped it.) The price on that has come down a good bit, also. Lamictal is designed to treat depression and bipolar type II disorder. (Originally, it was used to treat epilepsy.)
Ask your doctor about
those mentioned and also ask him about
any other antidepressants he thinks are good; you'll probably get one
that is within your budget and has few side effects.
Take care of yourself, Red and your son; there are reasonable medications out there for depression that you can manage. Just get to the right doctor and let him know your circumstances.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 7/18/2011 1:51:23 PM (GMT-6)