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Hey guys I need your help! The past week and a half or so I've been getting progressively more paranoid and it's getting to the point I have panic attacks as I get ready to leave the house for work. I don't feel safe at work and am so stressed that I block out the majority of the day and have no idea what I do. When I shower the Shadows start chattering just quietly enough that I can't make out the words but I feel threatened by them, and they scramble my thoughts as I try to work. My pdoc just added Abilify 5mg to my meds in addition to Risperdal 3mg, Lamictal 200 mg, and Effexor 150mg. Have any of you had success with Abilify reducing paranoia? How soon might it work? I'm really struggling to get myself out of the house and to put in a day at work. I cry on the way there and usually on the way home too from the fear. I feel like they're plotting to capture me for experimenting. I don't know what for but I feel like they will keep me. Please help! Thank you so much!

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For me, abilify didn't have an effect one way or another about paranoia; I was still paranoid on it.  It did help with hallucinations though.

In terms of abilify working at any given time, it is hard to say because everyone experiences thing differently, so one person might find a low dose to work, while others need a higher dose.  Abilify took me about 7 weeks to finally see a big change.  I think you'll need to wait at least 6-8 weeks to see how you feel.  Some people feel an affect sooner than that, but for me it took a lot longer than I thought.

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Abilify didn't help me with paranoia..we went up to 30mgs with minimal results..but that doesn't mean that it won't work for you...

It does take time..

Contact your Pdoc and let them know that you're still not doing well

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Abilify helped fight back a lot of psychosis symptoms when I took it, but I had to stop because it caused me intense anxiety too.

When i am paranoid I just keep writing it out on paper. I present what my brain is telling me and try to explain to myself how this is paranoia due to psychosis. Mostly because the symptom has happened before and I can recognise it in many forms. I might have to write out an argue this same mental issue many times a day, but i gives me a brief period of relief after I do it.

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