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Re: What do you think of abilify at a low dose for Uni

Posted by papillon2 on March 15, 2012, at 22:09:24

In reply to Re: What do you think of abilify at a low dose for Uni papillon2, posted by SLS on March 14, 2012, at 5:02:21

> What do you need a drug to do for you such that you are considering taking Abilify to do it?
> - Scott

To remove residual depression that seems stubborn as a mule. I'm a lot better than I was last year, when I spent 4 months in hospital, but I still have a ways to go.

- low motivation, lack of care about a lot of things
- some residual anhedonia, I have more mood reactivity these days and occasionally find myself enjoying something, which is nice!
- still unable to work
- still have days / moments where I feel depressed as hell and it's obvious to those around me (better at hiding it when I'm less depressed).
- still struggle majorly with diurnal mood variation, it's one of the major barriers to working
- cognitively better but still not all there
- still some psychomotor retardation / leaden paralysis but no where near the same extent (was in a freaking wheelchair and unable to talk)

Nortriptyline 100mg (blood level 0.5, I suspect any higher would just make me miserable from side effects)
Lamictal 200mg
Lithium 125mg (blood level 0.2, can't go higher as super sensitive)
And melatonin 3mg

My psychiatrist suggested Epilim (a valproate) but has forgotten that she took me off it as I was shaking all the time. Her colleague, who specializes in melancholic depression, has suggested Doxepin and/or a course of ultra brief right unilateral ECT. I have refused the latter at present.

Ring the bells that still can ring
forget your perfect offering
there is a crack in everything
that's how the light gets in
~ Leonard Cohen




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