Posted by: Gloria | 2009/04/28

Abilify and depression

Dear Doc
I have been diagnosed with bipolar II / bipolar depression and I' m on the following meds daily: 120 mg cymbalta, 200 mg lamictin and 5 mg abilify. For a number of reasons, I did not take my abilify for about a week. I started taking it again last Thursday. However, I have been feeling quite depressed since the weekend. Do you think it is because I did not take my abilify for a week? In addition, I am feeling very listless and unmotivated. My shrink says it is because of my condition. What can I do to change this? Will multi-vitamins help? Thanks, Gloria

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Its possible that this is so, but after all, whether or not we are bipolar, for all of us, mood varies from day to say and week to week, just not so extremely as it does when we are bipolar. But having a disorder of kood, we naturalyl pay far more attention to our mood. Some CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) might help to add to the benefits of the medication. Multivitamins would help only IF some of the tiredness and demotivation was due to a lack of vitamins.

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