any thoughts on abilify?

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bayoub2
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   Posted Yesterday 1:49 PM (GMT -6)   
My therapist just added abilify (after I refused to go into the hospital)...she said give it 2 weeks
 
Wondering what your opinions, side effects etc are on this drug? Thanks
 
Maggie

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   Posted Yesterday 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I take abilify, no side effects as of yet. I have been on it for over a year. I hope it works as well for you as it does for me.

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bayoub2
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   Posted Yesterday 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you take it with another anti-d? And did it make a significant improvement in your depression? I am feeling so hopeless right now, I guess I'm looking for a miracle cure-lol. Therapist said the transcranial treatment is $11000 and doesn't always work. She is going to talk to the psych about ketamine, but it is so new I am doubtful she'll ok it. She was also negative about the vagus nerve treatment. So, we're back to meds. At least she said call her after 2 weeks, instead of the 4-8 they usually tell us.

Thanks for the advice and input.

Maggie

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   Posted Yesterday 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
i take it with another mood stabiliser and lithium. really helps. jamie
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bayoub2
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   Posted Yesterday 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I take welbutrin in am and seroquel atnite, lithium wacked me out-lol...I'm glad to hear it works for you Jamieeand Karen. We try not to get our hopes too high but...

Have a good night

Maggie

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   Posted Yesterday 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I take it with pristiq and xanax. It does help the pristiq work better. It is more expensive of a copay than my other meds, but my doc writes for twice the milligram and I cut them in half to save on money. That way I only have to get them every two months instead of every month. It was like a miracle drug for me. I truly hope it works for you also.

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bayoub2
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   Posted Today 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I've been hospitalized 3 times, twice voluntarily and it was like a vacation for me...it's realy an escape from the outside. The only problem is that all the same problems and people are still out there when you leave-lol. But I learned some new stuff in there and I would have gone in yesterday except I don't like to leave my daughter with my hubby...he would never physically touch her but he is a hard man.

Now, she is showing sighns of depression and/or bipolar (both parents are mentally ill-theysay there is 75-80% chance of the child developing dome problem-that broke my heart-she comes and lays with me and cries. I just hope we can get her some help (hopefully no meds) early and she can have a happy life. I wouldn't wish this sh** on anyone...

Anyway, thanks to all for your input, sounds promising
Take good care
Maggie

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   Posted Today 6:00 PM (GMT -6)   
It's funny well odd really, but I grew up ina family where guilt and martyrdom were constant. So, I have this wonderful child and all I felt was guilt, I just knew I was screwing her up, not like my parents, but in my very own special way. I just never came close to hitting the mark as a good mother. You read all those family circles and cosmos, how can you help feel inadequate?
So, there I am wallowing in my guilt because my depression makes it hard to be there for her, I suffer chronic pain, cannot walk the mall etc and she comes home the other day and says "mom, we have to write a paper on someone we admire and I'm doing it on you". And I thought "what could she possibly admire in me? But she admired my strength thru all my illnesses, that I always stood right behind, always there to talk and that I kept a positive outlook, even thru Katrina when we lost everything...I kept cracking jokes, y'knmow to keep from falling apart. So, anyway, I think we are too hard on ourselves, and we are much kinder more empathic, more gentle than most people, and we should stop dumping on ourselves all the time.

Yeah!!!! Here's to us We rock -LOL

Maggie

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   Posted Today 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
That was so sweet of your daughter to say. You must of been so proud. I find myself doing better in crisis situations because I dont' expect so much out of myself. I don't have time to think, and just know all I can do is the best that I can. I seem to function better in turmoil than just an average day at times. You are right, we should all stop dumping on ourselves.

And we do rock...

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bayoub2
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   Posted Today 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
She is my light.

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   Posted Today 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
sweet. jamie.
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