Re: Newly Diagnoised + med
Lamictal is the ONLY med. I'ave ever taken that didn't really give me side effects. I don't know about the Abilify. I was scared to take anything for years and years, and looking back, I suffered so much because I wouldn't take meds.
Lamictal is started at very low doses, and I doubt you will even notice it, except for perhaps an increase in energy.
Whenever I start a drug, my pdoc takes the tiniest dosage we can find, then has me start at every other day for a couple of weeks, then increase very slowly. That way, I don't get into the side effects.
As for anxiety condition, well, I have huge anxiety problems, including agoraphobia, and I wouldn't be able to even leave my apartment without meds. Mine help incredibly with anxiety and depression both. I don't feel supergood anyway, still have these things, but oh so much, much better. And I can function, thank heaven.
Give them a try, maybe one at a time? Keep in touch with your pdoc closely, and don't end up reading the list of all possible side effects before you take the drug (I always did, and came down with every one of them, lol).
Being scared of meds, I think, it just another part of the anxiety disorder. We fear the pills that will take our fear away, how odd, isn't it?
Keep posting, let us know.