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Old 02-18-2006, 07:53 AM   #1
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Started on Abilify today. Scared and need support

have started on Abilify 10mg today, along with 175mg Effexor. I had been on Zyprexa but came off it due to the weight gain.
I am feeling very depressed and scared. I want to cut as well and I am trying not to. I feel that I cant cope anymore and I dont know what to do.

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Old 02-18-2006, 08:43 AM   #2
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Re: Started on Abilify today. Scared and need support

Hi Jade, I'm not personally familiar with the medications that you're one (I'm on Lithium) but I wanted to tell you to hang in there...
Some people are so busy on the weekend that they don't get here to check until Sunday night or even Monday.

Also, please think about checking out the Self-Injury Board here at HB. That's a very specific situation that not all bipolars share and it would sure help you to talk to others who know what you're going through. Always thought it should be under "c" but it's listed under Self-Injury in the list of topics!!

Hang in there, my bipolar kicked in when I was about 13 - it's been quite a ride as I'm sure you know...

Old 02-19-2006, 03:24 PM   #3
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Re: Started on Abilify today. Scared and need support

Dear Jade,

Please don't be scared, doing something is better than doing nothing to help yourself. My daughter did really well on abilify, just keep an eye out for side effects, although abilify is supposed to have less than other meds. Trying to get my mother to get some help as well. She's been an 'undiagnosed' bilpolar all her life--all the classic symptoms, but high functioning. Never wanted to admit she needed 'help'. Now she is a widow and is really having a hard time of it, very depressed and anxious and irritated, but refused to get help. So bottom line, I'm proud of you Hang in there and keep trying--I'm sure you'll get where you need. In the mean time, there seem to be many knowledgeable folks here, so keep posting.

Take care--love and prayers to you.


Old 02-20-2006, 09:06 AM   #4
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Re: Started on Abilify today. Scared and need support

Hey Jade,

I take Abilify with 3 other psych meds. I also took Zyprexa and gained a mountain of weight on it, but have managed to lose 80 lbs. with abilify. It might have appetite suppressing qualities for some people?

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