There are many generic antipsychotics, one of which may work for you. You need to be honest with your prescribing doctor and tell him or her that you can only afford a generic. You may be told that the side effect profile of one of the older antipsychotics is more objectionable. But if you compare the side effects between the older ones and the newer atypicals, I don't know that one is really preferable over the other. Of the older ones, I have tried Trilafon and Haldol. Haldol worked for me and Trilafon did not.
But these older antipsychotics are not generally prescribed for depression, while Abilify currently is. I am not a doctor nor do I pretend to have any special insight or answer to your question. But if you do not have psychotic features to your depression, I would DEFINITELY not go with ANY antipsychotic. Personally, I do not like the popular trend of prescribing antipsychotics for depression. I believe they should be reserved for schizophrenia or possibly bipolar disorder.
Please check into this yourself. Read all you can online about the side effects of antipsychotics. Try all the antidepressants first before you go another route. Wellbutrin and Zoloft have worked well for me. I do have schizophrenia as well as depression, so I have experience with medications prescribed for both.
You may think you will do anything to stop the depression. And if you are in a life-threatening situation, I say go for it. I even tried ECT to my everlasting regret. But please give antidepressants alone a try first before you let any doctor add on other medications. And then stay on the antidepressant only for a reasonable period of time. You may not intend to stay on them the rest of your life, but a lot of psychiatrists will imply that you need to...unnecessarily. It is the job of the psychiatrist to keep your depression at bay and make sure you do not attempt suicide, as well as to ensure the best possible quality of life. But in the long run, I don't believe it is advisable to simply go on antidepressants and stay on them.
Therapy can be very helpful alone or in conjunction with medication. Medication DOES NOT TEACH YOU LIFE SKILLS FOR BATTLING DEPRESSION while therapy does. We live in a society that wants quick answers, quick cures, quick paths to happiness and fulfillment. Yeah, that would be nice. But so often, life isn't like that. You may need to find a good therapist (some now call themselves "Life Coaches") to talk to.
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