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My son has been on 5 mg of Abilify for a couple of weeks. It is too early to say for sure, but it seems to be helping. He is taking it primarily as a mood stablizer. His diagnoses have changed quite a bit over time but he has never been diagnosed with schizoprenia. He has tried many different meds including risperdal and seroquel.

He has been drowsier than normal and has had a little more trouble sleeping but has always had these problems to some extent. His motivation may have gone down some; I am not sure.

I am surprised at some of the posts in this thread. It appears people have quit the medication based on the side affects, but some of the side affects do not seem too bad. I prefer my son to be drowsy than extremely aggressive like he is during his mood swings. Am I missing something? I realize I am not the person who is taking the medicine, but my son feels the same way.

Also, when do most people take the medication? At night or early? My son takes it at night.

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