A 25-year-old male asked:
I have m. depression & gad. sluggish and no motivation every day. is abilify (aripiprazole) something that would help? heard about it & thinking of asking psych 4 it
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Abilify (aripiprazole) not first: Your psychiatrist should do a thorough evaluation before any medication at all. But if you're depressed and do need medication, most would start with an actual antidepressant. Abilify (aripiprazole) is an antipsychotic, prescribed when symptoms like hallucinations and delusions are prominent. Off-label, it can also augment antidepressant activity in treatment resistance. Tell your doc about your symptoms 1st.
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Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Maybe: It might or might not help; it is definitely not a first-line treatment. Instead of asking for a specific drug, talk to a psychiatrist about your symptoms and see what s/he thinks. Depression and anxiety can both be treated by psychotherapy. I'd personally try talk therapy before taking a drug like abilify (aripiprazole). Despite what the television commercials say, medication is not necessarily the answer.
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Last updated Apr 17, 2016
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