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Antidepressants may increase suicidal thoughts or behaviors in some children, teenagers, and young adults, especially within the first few months of treatment or when the dose is changed. Depression and other serious mental illnesses are themselves associated with an increase in the risk of suicide. Patients on antidepressants and their families or caregivers should watch for new or worsening depression symptoms, unusual changes in behavior, or thoughts of suicide. Such symptoms should be reported to the patient's healthcare provider right away, especially if they are severe or occur suddenly. ABILIFY®(aripiprazole) is not approved for use in pediatric patients with depression. See More Safety Information

INDICATION: ABILIFY (aripiprazole) is indicated for the treatment of schizophrenia in adults and adolescents 13 to 17 years of age.

Types of Symptoms

Schizophrenia may be harder to recognize in teens because it can develop slowly over time. Teens also typically have more negative and fewer positive symptoms than adults.

When making a diagnosis, your teen’s doctor will look for the presence of these symptoms:

  • Delusions
    Believing things that are false, even when others prove that the person’s beliefs aren’t true or logical.
  • Hallucinations
    Seeing, hearing, smelling, or feeling something that no one else can, such as hearing imaginary voices, or seeing people who aren’t there.
  • Disorganized thinking
    Difficulty concentrating or connecting thoughts logically, as well as speech that is garbled or hard to understand.
  • Altered emotions
    Having feelings that don’t seem right for what’s going on, or having no feelings at all.
  • Lack of motivation
    Having no desire to do things that used to be enjoyable, and difficulty staying focused and completing tasks.
  • Social withdrawal
    Speaking rarely, even when forced to interact with people, as well as inattention to basic hygiene.

You may hear your teen’s doctor refer to these symptoms as either "positive" or "negative." Positive symptoms are easy-to-spot behaviors not generally seen in most people, such as hallucinations and delusions. A negative symptom is a diminished level of emotion or behavior, such as lack of motivation or social withdrawal.

Important Safety Information: High fever, stiff muscles, confusion, sweating, changes in pulse, heart rate and blood pressure may be signs of a condition called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), a rare and serious condition that can lead to death.

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  • Taking ABILIFY

    While there is no cure for schizophrenia, treating with ABILIFY (aripiprazole), along with therapy, could effectively manage your teen’s symptoms.