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      National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2016   05/01/2016

      Proclamation 9433 of April 28, 2016 National Mental Health Awareness Month, 2016 A Proclamation Nearly 44 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress. Although we have made progress expanding mental health coverage and elevating the conversation about mental health, too many people still do not get the help they need. Our Nation is founded on the belief that we must look out for one another—and whether it affects our family members, friends, co-workers, or those unknown to us—we do a service for each other when we reach out and help those struggling with mental health issues. This month, we renew our commitment to ridding our society of the stigma associated with mental illness, encourage those living with mental health conditions to get the help they need, and reaffirm our pledge to ensure those who need help have access to the support, acceptance, and resources they deserve. In the last 7 years, our country has made extraordinary progress in expanding mental health coverage for more people across America. The Affordable Care Act prohibits insurance companies from discriminating against people based on pre-existing conditions, requires coverage of mental health and substance use disorder services in individual and small group markets, and expands mental health and substance use disorder parity policies, which are estimated to help more than 60 million Americans. Nearly 15 million more Americans have gained Medicaid coverage since October 2013, significantly improving access to mental health care. And because of more than $100 million in funding from the Affordable Care Act, community health centers have expanded behavioral health services for nearly 900,000 people nationwide over the past 2 years. Still, far too few Americans experiencing mental illnesses do not receive the care and treatment they need. That is why my most recent Budget proposal includes a new half-billion dollar investment to improve access to mental health care, engage individuals with serious mental illness in care, and help ensure behavioral health care systems work for everyone. Our Nation has made strong advances in improving prevention, increasing early intervention, and expanding treatment of mental illnesses. Earlier this year, I established a Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Task Force, which aims to ensure that coverage for mental health benefits is comparable to coverage for medical and surgical care, improve understanding of the requirements of the law, and expand compliance with it. Mental health should be treated as part of a person's overall health, and we must ensure individuals living with mental health conditions can get the treatment they need. My Administration also continues to invest in science and research through the BRAIN initiative to enhance our understanding of the complexities of the human brain and to make it easier to diagnose and treat mental health disorders early. One of our most profound obligations as a Nation is to support the men and women in uniform who return home and continue fighting battles against mental illness. Last year, I signed the Clay Hunt SAV Act, which fills critical gaps in serving veterans with post-traumatic stress and other illnesses, increases peer support and outreach, and recruits more talented individuals to work on mental health issues at the Department of Veterans Affairs. This law will make it easier for veterans to get the care they need when they need it. All Americans, including service members, can get immediate assistance by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or by calling 1-800-662-HELP. During National Mental Health Awareness Month, we recognize those Americans who live with mental illness and substance use disorders, and we pledge solidarity with their families who need our support as well. Let us strive to ensure people living with mental health conditions know that they are not alone, that hope exists, and that the possibility of healing and thriving is real. Together, we can help everyone get the support they need to recover as they continue along the journey to get well. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2016 as National Mental Health Awareness Month. I call upon citizens, government agencies, organizations, health care providers, and research institutions to raise mental health awareness and continue helping Americans live longer, healthier lives. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.  
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pinknixon

Wellbutrin And Gas!!! Bloat!!!

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Has anyone experienced extreme bloating after all meals? :hearts: I have been taking Welbutrin for almost 3 weeks. I had light headache for first few days, kinda have that fuzzy feeling in my head still, but after 2nd week I now get very bloated after every meal. Trapped Gas! I have never had any kind of problems with this type of thing. Be honest, is anyone else having this problem? I am trying to figure if it is the medication or something else.

Thanks!

-Kim

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It could be the medication "filler" that you are reacting to. Like they put sugar, wheat, etc. in the pill -- are you allergic or sensitive to anything usually?

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When I started Wellbutrin several years ago I also had the bad bloating. It was so bad I couldn't stand anything around my waist. My abdomen hurt terrible and nothing helped. I got upset with the se's and stopped the med but after about a week I decided I had to give it another try and when I did I never got the bloating again. So I've been on it since and don't have any problems.

springtime is right, it could be the fillers. At the time I was on the brand sr not the generic sr. Today I'm on the generic sr but don't seem to have any problems with it.

I hope it goes away for you. I know how you feel. That was awful.

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pinknixon:

When I 1st started WB, I had horrible gas. I do mean horrible! It lasted for about a month, then, blessedly, subsided. I blamed the WB for it, for there was no other cause. Like I said, the gas subsided after about a month. Hope your side effects subside as well.

Keep us posted.

-Bean

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Thanks much for the replies guys. Nice to know i am not alone on the gas 'front' Sheesh, the stuff we have to put up with. I just started on 300xl this morning. I am also still taking Paxil, which has done very well for me, save for the 35 pounds i gained in the last 5 years. The Wellbutrin is helping counter the 'hunger' effects of the Paxil. My goal is to stay on both meds, but be able to reduce the Paxil to 20mg. I still find that after 4 weeks on wellbutrin 150mgxl, I am still in need of 40mg of the paxil or symptoms return. Perhaps i will get my wish in the future and settle into a livable pattern with both of these. Again, I thank you so much for taking the time to respond! -Kim

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Kim:

Not a problem. That's what we're here for, to help one another out.

Keep posting - we'll keep listening.

-Bean

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Hi,

I am kinda new to WB, have been taking it for about 5 weeks now. Nothing has changed in my dietary, but I noticed I fart a lot! I believe it's the Wellbutrin, and hope it goes away by time.

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Hello ktomi!

:hearts:

Some people on WB did have horrible gas in the beginning. For most everyone, it went away after a couple of weeks. It's always a good idea to mention any SEs to you doc.

:bump:

-Bean

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Hello ktomi!

:hearts:

Some people on WB did have horrible gas in the beginning. For most everyone, it went away after a couple of weeks. It's always a good idea to mention any SEs to you doc.

:bump:

-Bean

Hello,

Thank you for your answer! It's not that serious, I think it's well within an acceptable level, but noticable. I'll see, I think it's slowly disappearing.

Regards.

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Ktomi:

You may want to try a gas reducer such as Gas X.

:hearts:

-Bean

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