I saw a psychiatrist today after waiting a little over a month for an appointment. Over the past couple of weeks I believe I have had a hypomanic or manic episode. I didn't sleep much but it wasn't affecting my energy, was acting very reckless by drinking and smoking a lot, and just generally feeling on top of the world. This came after being extremely depressed and constant suicidal ideation for a few weeks. Now I am "coming down" and the psychiatrist recommended a mood stabilizer because it seems sometimes my mood swings dramatically (the mania is not typical, every once in a while). She didn't diagnose me with bipolar disorder. Right now I don't feel depressed but I don't feel manic, either. Just a little apathetic about life. Does anyone have any experience with taking abilify for mood stabilization and can better explain bipolar disorder to me? I have been reading onlime about it but I would like to hear from someone about their POV. I am on the fence about starting it after some reseach after the appointment. Thanks in advance.