Abilify for Schizophrenia
Abilify® (aripiprazole) is an "atypical antipsychotic" medication that is available by prescription only. Although many people use Abilify for schizophrenia, the drug is also approved for the treatment of bipolar disorder, autism, and depression.
Schizophrenia is one of the most confusing and disabling mental illnesses. It is a group of mental disorders that involve abnormal thinking. Although the causes of schizophrenia are not fully understood, it is currently thought that genetics and environmental factors play an important role in developing the illness. Depending on the type of schizophrenia, symptoms may include the following:
- Thought disorders
- Flat affect (immobile facial expression, monotonous voice)
- Lack of pleasure in everyday life
- Speaking infrequently, even when forced to interact
- An inability to stay focused
- Problems with working memory (the ability to keep recently-learned information in the mind and use it right away).
Although psychotherapy may be helpful for schizophrenia, medication is often essential to schizophrenia treatment. Healthcare providers often prescribe Abilify for schizophrenia to help improve the symptoms of the condition. The drug also helps to prevent schizophrenia relapses (worsening of schizophrenia). However, Abilify is not a cure for schizophrenia.
(Click Abilify Uses to learn about the effects of Abilify for other mental illnesses and to find out how this medication works.)