Tag Archives: abilify

OCD and Atypical Antipsychotics

Medication had a significant impact on my son Dan’s journey through severe OCD. While certain drugs appear to be helpful for some OCD sufferers, they only seemed to make things worse for Dan. Part of the problem stemmed from his … Continue reading

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OCD, Medication, and Side Effects

I recently came across this article which talks about a Korean study published in Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry. In a nutshell, researchers determined that second-generation antipsychotics (SGA), which are also known as atypical antipsychotics, cause symptoms of OCD … Continue reading

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Vyvanse Revisited

I have previously written about Dan’s terrible experience with Vyvanse, a stimulant prescribed to treat ADHD/ADD. Vyvanse was approved by the FDA in 2007 and prescribed to Dan in 2008, so it was very new at the time. As with … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Abilify

I have previously written about the ten different medications my son was prescribed. While they all have their side effects, I’ve always felt the one that was most harmful to Dan was Abilify (aripiprazole). And even though he has not taken this medication in over two and a … Continue reading

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Drugs and Desperation

Prozac, Xanax, Klonopin, Risperdal, Abilify, Effexor, Concerta, Vyvanse, Adderall, Atarax/Vistaril. Over the course of a year’s time, Dan took all of these medications, in various dosages and combinations.  At times he was prescribed up to five medications at once, and since … Continue reading

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Enough is Enough: Stop the meds

After the Vyvanse Crash of 2009, as it has come to be known in Dan’s story, we had no idea where to turn. Certainly not trusting his psychiatrist at this point, we brought him to a short-term mental health facility near his college. He stayed … Continue reading

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