Abilify is Ariprazole, an atypical antipsychotic
drug used to treat conditions like Bipolar disorder
. This drug acts on areas in brain responsible for behavior & psychosis
. Compared to other drugs of this group, it results in minimal side effects & so don't worry.
Long term treatment is needed for effective management of symptoms. So, prolonged treatment is necessary for you.
It has vey low propensity to cause side effects that are commonly seen with other atypical antipsychotic drugs like weight gain, sedation, parkinsonism like symptoms & low BP.
Though it is supposed to improve some domains of cognition like memory, attention, learning & reasoning, this ability of Aripiprazole
, in improving cognition is not seen in all individuals taking it & in them it does not improve the impaired performance and judgement that's why you feel this way.
Slowing of movements is one of its therapeutic benefits. By slowing the movements in helps in greater synchronization of activities & in that way it may actually help you to concentrate better in your activities like swimming.