I know this topic has been done before, but I’m really struggling with impulse control— even after a recent bout of hypo/mania.
It’s like this itch I have to scratch, then once I’ve gone and bought the item, it’s pure remorse and self-loathing.
Basically, I see the thing. I buy the thing. Then I feel shiit.
Funds are low and I’m already paying back on a credit card. I just can’t afford to keep doing this. Not to mention every time I get a package in the mail it’s really disheartening— feels like a personal failure.
Does anybody else struggle with this?
I’ve seen previous posters talk about sex and gambling addictions, with some spending thrown in the mix due to Abilify— just wondering if anybody had some wise words/can relate.
Very true— lack of impulse control has wreaked havoc financially, and also put a strain on my relationship with my parents (they’re worried about me, basically and don’t know how to help).
I guess I’m just trying to figure out if it’s mania or what, but I don’t think it’s mania, I honestly think it’s the Abilify doing this. Mania has a certain flavor to it— what I’m experiencing daily is more like a very very intense itch, if that makes sense.
It might be the abilify. I understand it’s hard to tell with me too with food. Is it me or is it abilify?
I don’t know.
I do know that I find it impossible to exercise on abilify like I used to and that helped regulate my appetite In the past. But if abilify directly caused food impulse control. I have no idea. I do know that the drug gave me mild depression and could therferore have made me comfort eat.
Maybe abilify has also affected your mood and so made you splurge on stuff for feeling better.
It’s all quite complicated but those are my thoughts.
My only advice I can give is remind yourself what important stuff you require savings for in the future
And do you REALLY need what you are buying when considering what you want savings for.
Yea, it’s a very slippery slope. Sometimes I wish my brain was a blank slate (no meds), so I’d be able to say whether or not it was the Abilify doing this.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Abilify affects your eating habits or amplifies a lack of control in other words. This drug has caused some crazy shiit to happen to other people (gambling, sex, etc).
And yes, I do keep in mind what I’m saving for (that’s really good advice btw, and a few times it’s helped) but it’s like something overrides my rational mind and it’s literally an itch I can’t scratch until the item is mine.
It’s gotten to the point where I’ve thought about joining some form of support group.
Me and my first sz wife racked up a half million dollar bankruptcy semi stable, semi delusional on abilify…ruined our finances and our marriage. long story…try generic prolixin…that’s what I’m on fluphenazine.
I had this, too, with abilify; and I’m still suffering from an addiction I started during my tenure with abilify. The pharmaceutical company that made it was under a lawsuit or something a while ago about the impulsiveness. I’m not sure if they settled, lost, or won.
My best advice is to get off abilify if this is a side effect that you’ve experiencing. Therapy can help too, it did for me with my xanax addiction.
My psychiatrist was prescribed me for 5 mg of Ablify with 300 mg of Lithium and/or 10 mg Ablify with 500 mg of Lithium tablets. Lithium is a mood stabilizer. Depending on the level of psycosish. Its work better for me.