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Can Abilify (aripiprazole) actually worsen depression?


I've read the pamphlets and even bought The Pill Book (I swear that every pharmacy sells this!) and so I know the answer, but can anyone explain how this med, technically an antipsychotic, yet prescribed not just for schizophrenia, but bipolar disorder, major depression, and "irritability" for those people on the autistic spectrum. I just don't get how a med can either or both improve or worsen the same damned thing. My hunch for me is that, even though it is prescribed as a "piggyback" antidepressant, it's making things worse. What are some people's thoughts (and/or experiences?), please.

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Sherrie Westerfield, Cpht (artist101) says

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    stanwshura 3 years ago

    I actually understand this effect, at least for a straight-up antidepressant. Some folks are sooo depressed that they can't even plan a suicide or motivate themselves to carry it out. Once the med starts to work, they pass through that danger zone.

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Linda or aka Angel (montylyn) says

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    Francesco Menchise (Frank Menchise) 3 years ago

    Hi montylyn, I am glad that Abilify has helped you, it seems that what you are taking is the right amount, but be warned from somebody that has seen its effects. Do not let your doctor increase this dose and thus drive you to the extreme? Good luck.

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