It's startling just how many searches about depression, neurochemistry, and meds for same lead people to my blog. Because of that I feel compelled to keep my personal meds history updated whether most of my half a dozen readers care or not.
If a search for info on meds or depression or neurochemistry has brought you here, Welcome!
As we saw in this recent entry, the doctor added Abilify to my meds regimen. It went swimmingly first; in fact, I may have been manic. As time passed, the feel good seemed to phase out and I became more and more neutral. Which allowed me to become aware of the side effects and the negative effect they were having on me. My tinnitus increased dramatically and sometimes my entire head felt like it was buzzing. Dry mouth worse too. And the killer, weird things happening with my sleep patterns. The worst part was that I almost invariably woke up around 4 am and either couldn't get back to sleep at all or was awake for several hours before I could go back to sleep. Some nights I got as little as 3 hours, never more than 7. The past week has been very stressful and I had a mini-meltdown on Saturday. Oddly enough the near mania feel seemed to come back when the sun was shining. Considering that Seattle just had 27 straight days of rain, this wasn't very helpful.
So today the doctor took me off the Abilify. We'll be trying a new atypical anti-psychotic whose name escapes me at the moment. Starts with a G. Anyway, I'll keep posting about this as it seems to be work of some importance. Better living through chemistry is our motto!