Posted by uncouth on November 25, 2008, at 20:14:26
In reply to Re: Abilify as Monotherapy for Depression? » bleauberry, posted by azalea on November 25, 2008, at 19:29:38
i think of abilify as "software upgrades" wheras A/Ds are "hardware upgrades"
if your hardware isn't the problem, a software upgrade alone might be ok (abilify at least for me has pronounced effects on the thoughts themselves, but i'm not sure i could use it by itself. it does however prevent some of the overdrive aspects of antidepressants that over the long term can be detrimental, and cause compulsions, libido drop off, adhd symptoms, and slight hypomania. for me parnate is much better in this regard by itself than SNRIs but with all hardware upgrades, there is a risk of the thoughts being sped up a bit too much, even if it's not hypomania per se, and even if it doesn't feel good. abilify helps with that)