I have a half dose of abilify in the morning and a half dose of my old medication at night
I have been walking instead of taking the bus frequently
Doing things like cutting an area of plant growth in the way of the door, cleaning the oven (these 2 I have done only once before off my own back in my life and never anything like how thoroughly)
I’ve been cleaning and all kinds of stuff I would normally only do if I was a bit manic… by that I mean full blown psychosis
I don’t get it.
Nothing makes me clean the oven.
My flat has also gotten much cleaner since being on Abilify. I am up normally about 4/5am. I told my doctor that it has helped so much having the side effect of being alert for work. I have started getting used to it at home now.
It definitely makes me more active but I am still experiencing symptoms and get stressed easily. I told my doctor that’s better than being a zombie and putting on loads of weight.
The problem is I am on 20mg of Diazepam a day and I am not sure if this is whats keeping me going mentally. I tried reducing but got even more paranoia, anxiety and visuals which I am confused about as it could be withdrawal or symptoms.
Diazepam has to be reduced over the course of a year or more to be less stressful and manageable
I was hooked on this about 12-14 years ago by the staff in a 2006 hospital stay
They just kept giving it to me
I can understand it just had consequences
In fact I think it’s about half a mg every 6 weeks
You won’t notice you are missing it
I was told to come down by 5mg every two weeks! Did not end well. I have been on it now for about 6 months.
I would Tell someone understanding that you want to take a year or so to reduce
I was on 5mg and it’s a hell of a drug to quit
They never tell you that when they give it to you!
Tell Them how it was the last time you try and say someone did it much more slowly and with suppport
No they don’t… But I can understand them wanting to calm us down a bit
In a group setting like hospital for me I really get it
Sorry to have side tracked your thread!
What drug are you coming off from?
I Not a problem at all… Hate diazepam really…
One of the old ones
But it’s been very effective
I just wonder if this amount of get up and go and I’m too stressed quickly
I suppose always be stressed
Then I might forget About having schizophrenia and overdo it
Feel like it’s making me normal
Almost like I could go out and get a job or something
Although I’ve been having a lot of worrying symptoms At the same time
Exactly my experience with it.
My last drug was Haldol and that was far more effective. I have only been on Abilify for about 5 months now.
I have made the decision that I will put up with residual symptoms and deal with the stress as I put on a lot of weight from other AP’s and I don’t like the sedation.
I am still having to take procyclidine though
Have you lost weight in the past five months?