Abilify (aripirazole) is prescribed to nearly a million Americans each year to treat mental disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression. Several studies linked Abilify to compulsive behaviors such as pathological gambling. These compulsions drive people to gamble by any means necessary. They continue to gamble even though they can’t afford it using credit cards or borrowing money. In severe cases, people feel they need to gamble to continue living. These side effects don’t cause physical harm, but do cause psychological distress and ruin lives.