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Old 01-28-2010, 09:53 AM   #1
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Unhappy Abilify questions

Hello,

I lurk alot but don't post often.

I am 45 next month and have struggled with depression since I was about 12. I was diagnosed with major clinical depression more than 20 years ago. I was on prozac many years, now on pristq and effexor. I had been on 450 mg of effexor. I have a very high tolerance to drugs.

Long sad story short, my parents literally saved my life and got me through my depression and kept me out of the hospital with their support and unconditional love. I never married or even dated much (maybe due to depressed desires from the heavy anti depressants?) I have no kids. My parents were my world and my support. they started getting sick so I quit my job, pulled my 401k and took care of them until they passed on. It was extremely difficult and unbelieveably stressful. My mother passed away a year ago, my dad the year before. I had to leave our home, get a new (much lower paying) job and start all over again.

I have been more depressed now than every. I gained 30 lbs last year, the first year without both of my parents. I miss them terribly every day. I am extremely angry at the world and people most of the time and feel myself becomming more and more bitter and angry at the mean selfishness of most people. I sometimes fell I am at the end of my rope and desperate and my own thoughts sometimes frighten me.

I am going to speak to my doctor today about abilify but I am diabetic and I think I read it raises blood sugar.

My 2 questions:
Has anyone had success with abilify really releaving the pain of severe depression?
What if any are the side effects that come with it?

I am in alot of pain and desperate. God bless everyone one of you who stuggles with this or any other mental illness.

 
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:51 AM   #2
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Re: Abilify questions

Unfortunately with a lot of meds that are in the same class as Abilify there is a risk with weight gain and blood sugar problems so they need to be monitored pretty close. I have never taken this med just to be clear but I have been on Seroquel for quite sometime which is closely related. The Seroquel and others like it tend to slow my brain down so I am not dealing with racing thoughts and able to think through situations more easier. As for the depression it really does not do much so I take Cymbalta and Effexor for that end. Have you thought about grief counseling? Sometimes talking it out can make more of a difference than any med. take care
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Old 01-29-2010, 06:31 AM   #3
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Re: Abilify questions

it sounds like its just been you and your parents all along you said you didnt mix much with people. What you need to do is try and make friends with people and do happy things together and to feel part of a group .You were depressed when parents were alive now you are dealing with bereavment too ,you only know a life with medication but it doesnt have to be like that. There are 4 components to help you to try and keep on top of things and in time maybe come off the medication.
Exercise regular as it will exaust the power of the depression and create a sense of wellbeing which is the opposite.
Eet properly and regular times you will not believe what eating good food will do for you avoid sugar
SOCIALISE IT IS SO IMPORTANT that you do go out and meet people they enrich your life and can help you get better with depression i have proved that to myself
Understand your depression and why it happens to you and how you can put things in place to counteract its power . learn to distract yourself from horrible feelings and thoughts. Take care and be clever at beating it

 
Old 01-29-2010, 01:07 PM   #4
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Re: Abilify questions

Hello and thanks so much for your replies...

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Originally Posted by trg247 View Post
Unfortunately with a lot of meds that are in the same class as Abilify there is a risk with weight gain and blood sugar problems so they need to be monitored pretty close. I have never taken this med just to be clear but I have been on Seroquel for quite sometime which is closely related. The Seroquel and others like it tend to slow my brain down so I am not dealing with racing thoughts and able to think through situations more easier. As for the depression it really does not do much so I take Cymbalta and Effexor for that end. Have you thought about grief counseling? Sometimes talking it out can make more of a difference than any med. take care
Actually, I am going to grief counseling next week for the second time through. It does help although it is very tough because it makes you face things.

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it sounds like its just been you and your parents all along you said you didnt mix much with people. What you need to do is try and make friends with people and do happy things together and to feel part of a group .You were depressed when parents were alive now you are dealing with bereavment too ,you only know a life with medication but it doesnt have to be like that. There are 4 components to help you to try and keep on top of things and in time maybe come off the medication.
Exercise regular as it will exaust the power of the depression and create a sense of wellbeing which is the opposite.
Eet properly and regular times you will not believe what eating good food will do for you avoid sugar
SOCIALISE IT IS SO IMPORTANT that you do go out and meet people they enrich your life and can help you get better with depression i have proved that to myself
Understand your depression and why it happens to you and how you can put things in place to counteract its power . learn to distract yourself from horrible feelings and thoughts. Take care and be clever at beating it
You are correct, up until my 30s I was very much a loner. My folks got me through alot. I lived with them my whole live and the loss of them and the home we had together has been devastating to me. However, I did make friends after I started working at age 29 and have been blessed with several good friends who do call if I isolate too much. It is so very hard to socialize or take care of yourself when you hate yourself and your life but I know your advice is correct.

I have to say I have had 2 doses of abilify and WOW I can't believe the difference. I feel better than I have in many years. I posted my original message a day late (shows my state of mind) but after 2 doses I feel so good I can't believe it and I hope it continues. I have not had any side effects and my sugar is good.

I would still love to hear from anyone else who has been taking this along with their antidepressants or by itself.

 
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Re: Abilify questions

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Hello,

I lurk alot but don't post often.

I am 45 next month and have struggled with depression since I was about 12. I was diagnosed with major clinical depression more than 20 years ago. I was on prozac many years, now on pristq and effexor. I had been on 450 mg of effexor. I have a very high tolerance to drugs.

Long sad story short, my parents literally saved my life and got me through my depression and kept me out of the hospital with their support and unconditional love. I never married or even dated much (maybe due to depressed desires from the heavy anti depressants?) I have no kids. My parents were my world and my support. they started getting sick so I quit my job, pulled my 401k and took care of them until they passed on. It was extremely difficult and unbelieveably stressful. My mother passed away a year ago, my dad the year before. I had to leave our home, get a new (much lower paying) job and start all over again.

I have been more depressed now than every. I gained 30 lbs last year, the first year without both of my parents. I miss them terribly every day. I am extremely angry at the world and people most of the time and feel myself becomming more and more bitter and angry at the mean selfishness of most people. I sometimes fell I am at the end of my rope and desperate and my own thoughts sometimes frighten me.

I am going to speak to my doctor today about abilify but I am diabetic and I think I read it raises blood sugar.

My 2 questions:
Has anyone had success with abilify really releaving the pain of severe depression?
What if any are the side effects that come with it?

I am in alot of pain and desperate. God bless everyone one of you who stuggles with this or any other mental illness.

Hello and good evening, yes i read your story and it is a very sad lonely one. I totally agree with what you are saying about feeling mean and angry towards the rest of the world, that is not your fault but the way others make you feel.I think people have a tendancy to make life more diffiult play games as though it is some sick competition.
N e way about abilify i was put on abilify as a result of what they think is a combination of ptsd (post traumatic stress, ) depression and anxiety. Abilify as you prob no is an antipsychotic, now i was on this medication for 2/3 yrs at top rate 30mg for my diagnosis. It has a mood stabilising component in it. Now to treat clinical or severe depression i would not reccomend this drug, simple reason being obviously when your depressed your mood is low eating habitis bad sleeping self confidebce , self belief etc etc. I personally found that abilify wiped me out. My energy level were non exsistent i was sleeping an awful lot 12/ 16 hrs per day and yes i did put around 3 stond on over about 2.5 yrs even tho they say its the least tab to gain weight. Maybe itdoesnt put weight directly on you but the lack of energy makes you eat more and you do nothing but sleep this is obviously ging to result in weight gain.
Also i was always light headed could not get up from a laying dwn position quickly its a total bummer. I dont no how i lived three yrs on them. Well actually i wasnt living it was more an exsistance.
Now bearing in mind this is my own personal experience, but i am giving gr8 advice frm the heart and wish u only the best.
Depression you have, i am no psychiarist but i have life experience even though a tender age of 29 i have experienced a dark side in my life.
Depression is vry sad and tablets can help raie your mood but my advice would be try and make new friends social ircles, learn a new course new hobbie keep motivated, think of years you have lost and think to yourself i have a lot of catching up to do.
Ignore peoples lack of understanding, selfish ways and so on, please yourself, believe me half of the population has a mental illness or suffers one way or another about IT.
Be strong independent how your mother and father would want you to be no medication will amount to the support they are giving you from above. They are by your side and thats all you need to no.
Peace godbless xxxxx

 
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