Right now our hot topic is Mr. Man. I requested to his psychiatrist if we could reduce his Abilify dose. He had settled into summer well, the problem has been his non stop wanting to eat. For him it is a major side effect of the med. Miss Fabulous does not have that side effect or any negative side effect, thank goodness.
Well we are at week 1 of medication reduction, it. is. NOT. going well. Bad move Mom. We have requested to go back to the previous dose. Sadly the desire to eat has steadily improved as the behavior has steadily gone down the toilet. Aggression is coming back, he can't concentrate on anything for any length of time, no frustration tolerance, impulsive, etc.
The turning point for me today was when Mr. Man said to me as we were talking through what was going on with him, "Which one do you think is more important Mom, feeling or the eating thing?" I asked which he felt was more important and he said, "the feeling." I agree. I explained that I will have to continue to say no to extra snacking and he needs to do his best to understand why I am saying no and that he is still getting all the food he needs but that his brain is sending his tummy the wrong message. He is a very literal little person so this kind of reasoning works for him. Not so much with Miss Fabulous.
If any one has suggestions on ways to cope with the eating side effect of the med I would love to hear from you.
Otherwise the med is a great help to Mr. Man. He does not want to feel sad and angry all of the time and t his med really helps him. We also went through a lot of other meds before finding what med helped him so to just move on to another med because of the eating thing is not my first choice. We are looking for best quality of life out come.