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I've been taking Prozac and Buspar for some anxiety and

I've been taking Prozac...

I've been taking Prozac and Buspar for some anxiety and depression. My therapist just added Abilify to help with some lingering depression. At first she was going to add Wellbutrin but decided on Abilify. She keeps saying it's like a trifecta and I'll feel very good soon. I wish one medication would be all.

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been dealing with this? Is there anything in particular that seems to make the symptoms better or worse?

I've had underlying depression and anxiety most of my life....not a high level...maybe low or medium. I'm a teacher and can do all my duties etc., with never a problem. Just the depression hit harder the end of the summer with anxiety

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the Psychologist should know?

I do wonder and think maybe Abilify may work as I think a brother or two may have bipolar systems but I don't really....just mainly anxiety and some depression I think.

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LeahMSWuofm
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Hi, thank you for writing. Abilify is a very common "augment' to the SSRIs (Prozac) so it being brought on board should boost the effectiveness of your Prozac. Augmenting is a good strategy when symptoms aren;t yet well-controlled. I know it is frustrating to have to try multiple medications though! When it comes to meds for our mental health, there is often some trial and error that has to occur before a person hits their sweet spot in terms of finding optimal relief. I hope the Abilify addition gets you feeling your best very soon!

-Leah

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