Okay. To start, in case you don't already know – I swtiched a medicine a couple months ago. I swtiched from Saphris to Abilify. While on Saphris I didn't remember any dreams I had. With Abilify, I do remember my dreams. Let me tell you, some are strange, some a little scary. I've read this is pretty normal for Abilify.

I talked to my psychologist about these dreams last night while I was in therapy. I liked his outlook on it. One of the things he said was, something to the extent, it was a pretty good trade off to have these dreams. It's such a good trade off because now my mood swings are so much better. Yea, I'll take some weird and/or a little scary dreams in the night over constant cycling. My doctor said how he noticed the difference in me. That's wonderful! I mean, I've noticed the difference, most definitely. My family has too. I only see him though, once a week for 45 minutes. If he can notice a difference for the better, I consider that fantastic.

It's a little strange to be remembering dreams again. Sometimes I don't know what to do with them. It's a little tough to go from no memories of dreams to sometimes vivid memories of dreams. I guess it's something I have to process. Something I have to get used to. I'm fine with it as long as they don't turn into full blown nightmares. I can deal with a little anxiety over a dream better than ultra rapid cycling.

Yes, I still cycle. However, my hypomania is for the most part, non-existent. I was cycling from hypomania to depression with no periods of normalcy. Now, I am cycling much slower. Much slower! From depression to normalcy. Plus, when I do have depression, it's not as bad.

Major plus – irritability has decreased tremendously. It's some great undefined percentage better.

I struggled at first with the Abilify and it's side effects. I'm really glad however that I pushed through it. It's definitely been worth it.

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  1. sadviolinist 9 years ago

    I'm so happy to hear that the Abilify is helping you greatly ~ that makes me want to give you a big hug!  I have some weird and vivid dreams on Abilify as well.  I'm trying to learn not to let them shake me up while I'm awake.  You know how some dreams just linger for hours after awakening from them?  That's what the medicine does to me. 

    I'm also really glad you went got annointed; I'm so glad it helped.  🙂    I'm kind of where you are with religion ~ I don't believe all the things the church teaches which makes it hard for me to go to services.  I don't remember the last time I went.  🙁   I hope you keep going to yours, it sounds like you're doing so much better than you have been. (((HUGS)))


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