Seeking expert counseling is a sign of strength. A personal relationship with a caring professional is proven clinically effective.
You said that this was your psychologist (not psychiatrist) prescribing all of these medications. Perhaps you meant to write psychiatrist. A psychologist should be using a psychotherapeutic approach instead of just trying to overwhelm your body with chemicals to suppress your symptoms rather than to deal with the causes of your bipolar disorder.
Abilify is known to have increased anxiety as a side effect, as well as weight gain and also in raising your sugar levels in your blood, which will make you thirsty. IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE YOUR GLUCOSE LEVELS CHECKED, which is a test that takes about 1 minute to do.
Your doctor should consider backing you off (weaning) very slowly from Abilify, as rapid or sudden withdrawal could give you strong negative side effects.
Your anxiety is in the form of mild panic
attacks (painful anxiety and shortness of breath) for which Klonopin is helpful. A stronger, similar (benzodiazepines) medication, Xanax (alprazolam) taken AS NEEDED is preferable than taking a benzos regularly, for there is less chance for addiction. Xanax will stop the anxiety more efficiently than Klonopin (clonazepam).
However, the best approach is to include psychotherapy to get at the causes of your depression and anxiety, and learn to cope with them more effectively. Suppressing symptoms is ultimately not the answer.
I wish you great success in getting your moods under control.
Elliott Sewell, LPCC, NCC, CCMHC