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Abit of a strange story, two years ago i was put on prozac for rather severe depression and had a hypomanic episode (hypersexuality, impulsiveness, reckless behaviour). A year later i was put on abilify, with the intention of then putting me ona anti depressent which never happened, and after two months made me hear voices in my head telling my things i didnt want too hear- (example- thoughts about sex when around family, made me want to scratch my eyes out!) since then severe depression (although not as bad) has returned i've been put on Abilify 1.5mg a day, in a couple days ill beput of a ssri (faster than last time in the hope of avoiding the bad thoughts). However, after a week of feeling sedated in the last couple of days i've felt so sped up, feel like jumping around and throwing things at walls and screaming, far too much energy. I was wondering if the abilify could have caused this hypomanic feeling, and if so how could a mood stabiliser cause mania in someone who was only depressed before and has never experienced mania not triggered by fluoxitine(prozac)? :unsure:

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Abilify made me hypomanic in the beginning too. When I was on 5mg, I shot right up into a euphoric hypomania that lasted about a week. Eventually it wore off and I was left with a pleasant, calm energy. 

 

Now I take 30mg of Abilify and I've had to be careful with each dosage increase because it tends to make me speedy at first. 

 

Abilify is considered one of the more activating AAP's, it's not unheard of for someone to become hypo. I suggest talking to your doctor about this, given your history with Abilify. 

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Abilify made me manic. It caused me to put my life in danger by running across a busy thru-way at 1am. It also gave me so much energy. I ran from college security too :D Then I went into the woods at night. It also made me so irritable that I kept screaming in anger at every little thing. Abilify can cause hypomania/mania. 

 

Medicines can cause different reactions in different people. Everyone's body is unique. One medicine could make me mania while it could make someone else sleep all day. 

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I know Abilify's used in mania - but I don't know if it would technically be considered a "mood stabilizer." It's an antipsychotic.

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Given your history with Abilify, it sounds like your doctor does not attribute the symptoms you described as due to the med or he is incompetent for putting you back on it. At any rate, it sounds like you are having hypo/manic symptoms. There are A LOT of other options. It sounds like this is not a very good choice for you.

 

Abilify can cause hypo/mania in some just like an antidepressant can. Geodon did it to me and then some. Some antipsychotics have too much antidepressant action for those who are sensitive to the hypo/mania effect of antidepressants if they are not on other stabilizers. Sometimes the effect is temporary. Other times it stays or symptoms worsen.

 

Has anyone talked to you about Lamictal? It is an anticonvulsant that is often used with MDD follks who display BP symptoms when on ADs (often diagnosed as BPII instead of MDD). It is a different class of med than Abilify and might be worth talking over with your doc.

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I'm the odd one out here, apparently. Abilify snapped me out of a horrible mixed episode I was having. I started out at 15 mg but they upped it to 30 when I had another episode. Once they bumped it up to 30 mg it changed my life. No joke. It's done way more for me than the Lamictal I've been taking for years. Together, they have allowed me to be a functioning human being.  Although, it's possible that I was hypomanic when I first started it as well.

 

That said, it doesn't seem like it's right for you. Have you talked to your doctor about all of this? Good luck, I hope you find something that works.

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Abilify made me extremely jittery, and the tremors were horrible. I couldn't hold anything, it did absolutely nothing for me except make me feel horrible.

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A lower dose of abilify made me slightly hypo but once I reached 40mg I was feeling more like myself than I had been in a long time. In fact, it saved me from a long hospitalization.

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5mg of abilify made me manic, even though my pdoc told me it was actually an anti-manic. I ended up in hospital, where they took me off it.

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Abilify caused akathisia, severe anxiety and restlessness, and did nothing for my mania, even when the pdoc bumped it up to 30mg...in fact I got worse and was subsequently taken off Abilify. I take Prozac 40mg (Along with others, see sig below) and it only did good things with my mood

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maybe there are just a couple of odd birds out on this one, but abilify pulled me out of my worst anxious and hypomanic state where i was irritable, anxious and spending money i didn't have, on top of sleeping like crap. YMMV.

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Abilify did wonders for my mixed episodes and probably literally saved my life. (15 mg). It's too bad that I developed a weird tongue tremor and had to stop it. I hope things settle for you with it!

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I'm another one that abilify really helped.  It calmed the hallucinations and delusions down, not all the way gone, but I could think straight after starting it.  Have been on it for about 10 years with no problems.

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It's good to know that it really helps some people, because I am still bitter about the way I felt and acted when I was on it.  Really bitter.  When I see those cute little ads with the adorable depression sinkhole with eyeballs, I get upset.

 

You may want to talk with your doctor about decreasing/increasing/eliminating your dose.  I don't think it's too soon.

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Abilify helped around 6mg's, and at 10mg's I got so irritable and restless I ended up literally talking myself into a 72 hour observation visit. 

Moving this to anti-psychotics.

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