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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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Confusing Thoughts

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It seems like for the last few weeks the thoughts in my head have been spinning out of control. My mind is constantly racing but when I try to determine what I am thinking or worrying about I cannot identify or describe the thought or thoughts that cause my mind to race. I apologize if this is confusing but I will try to explain.

I have battled depression, anxiety, and OCD since I was a young child. Within the last few years the OCD thoughts have faded but I am constantly battling depression. In the past with OCD I could always identify what I was thinking or worrying about. For instance - did I turn the stove off?, did I lock the door? Anxious feelings would accompany these obsessive thoughts in my chest and stomach.

What I am experiencing now is quite different. My mind is constantly spinning at 100 miles per hour. I cannot slow my mind enough to concentrate on reading a book, watch tv. or to be interested in anything. When I try to stop the racing thoughts and identify what am I thinking about I have absolutely no idea what is going through my mind. Currently I have plenty of things to worry about - employment, having enough money to pay my bills, etc. , but for some reason I am not thinking about any of these issues. I hesitate to think that these thoughts are merely the signs of OCD coming back to haunt me. For one I cannot specifically tag each thought as being concerned with something like the stove or the door. Moreover I do not have the anxious feelings in my chest or stomach that usually accompany the obsessive thoughts. I basically feel numb all over. I have many things I need to do but I cannot convince my body to move in order to get things done.

Talking about these thoughts is very difficult, for I can not describe or identify them, I can only FEEL them moving around in my head. I have pretty much experienced the full spectrum of thoughts and feelings associated with depression, anxiety, and OCD, however this is a new experience for me. I am confused and I am interested in gaining insight from others in the forum.

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Hey,

I am experiencing confusing and obssessive thinking. I can't seem to stop the thinking, i can never do anything to make it switch off. It drives me insane and gives me a right a headache!!! I am also suffering from depression. The obsessive thinking only started 2 months ago. When i wake up in the morning, and the worrying starts.

I hate this sense of paranoia that my boyfriend is going to go off with another girl, because of my depression it doesnt bring out the best in me. Especially he works with women, he even tells me that they keep touching him.....what else am i supposed to think?? I getting so paranoid and is making me worry and anxious. I just want to relax and sort out the thoughts in my head one by one.

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Hello Cruz1287! Thank you for responding. Isnt it frustrating that sometimes we cannot just turn our brain off and give it a rest. In everyday life there is more than enough to think about - paying bills on time, keeping appointments, work, etc. and then to have all of these extra thoughts (sometimes completely unreasonable) floating around in your head it can be very overwhelming.

It seems like for me that I cannot be in the present moment. My mind races constantly and it becomes so overwhelming that I cannot focus on what I am doing at the present time. What is really aggravating is that I cannot even describe what I am thinking about.

Are you able to talk to your boyfriend about your concerns? Explaining your concerns about him and his current work environment, and learning his thoughts about the situation, maybe you can find some answers that would put your mind at ease.

Believe me I know that dealing with your thoughts and then having to cope with depression can be very difficult. hang in there and hope you find some relief from your thoughts very soon.

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Racing thoughts, where everything is jumbled and has no meaning, is very distracting in itself. It definitely impairs any concentration you need. Excessive worrying also takes a toll. I still get racing thoughts, even though I'm on medication to control them. With therapy, I have gotten through the worrying about everything and can somewhat rationalize things and put them into perspective.

Are you currently under professional care? If not, when was your last psych evaluation? You may need to see a psychiatrist for a diagnosis and medication to help with the racing thoughts or depression you may have. Therapy is also an option.

Let us know how you are doing.

Sheepwoman :hearts:

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Racing thoughts, where everything is jumbled and has no meaning, is very distracting in itself. It definitely impairs any concentration you need. Excessive worrying also takes a toll. I still get racing thoughts, even though I'm on medication to control them. With therapy, I have gotten through the worrying about everything and can somewhat rationalize things and put them into perspective.

Are you currently under professional care? If not, when was your last psych evaluation? You may need to see a psychiatrist for a diagnosis and medication to help with the racing thoughts or depression you may have. Therapy is also an option.

Let us know how you are doing.

Sheepwoman :hearts:

Hello Sheepwoman, thank you for concern. I have seen many psychiatrists and counselors over a number of years. My last evaluation was approximately 6 weeks ago. At that time i started taking 40 mg of Fluoxetine daily. After explaining the thoughts I was experiencing the dr. recommended taking either Fluoxetine , Ritalin, or Xanax. He said I had a number of issues going on and was not sure which feeling was dominant (depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts). the emotions that I feel depend on the situation I am involved in. As a result my feelings and emotions can change at any moment it seems. For instance I am currently looking for a job. I am depressed because I do not have job. However, should an opportunity or interview present itself, the feelings of depression are replaced with feelings of anxiety about the interview. Then my mind spirals out of control down all of the paths a successful or unsuccessful interview could take me.

My doctor as mentioned that my condition could be affected by my poor eating habits. When I am depressed I dont feel like cooking and to eat out all of the time requires money that I do not have. I feel sort of stuck.

What is really strange in all of this is that I really dont worry about my present situation - I probably should. I just exist day to day hoping the medicine will take hold or something will click inside of me that will allow me to go out an pursue life.

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I am sorry to hear that it seems that new symptoms are popping up. That can be tough to deal with. I would definately alert your doctor to this. Your inability to concentrate can make it difficult to function and that is most important right now. Keep going strong!

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I am sorry to hear that it seems that new symptoms are popping up. That can be tough to deal with. I would definately alert your doctor to this. Your inability to concentrate can make it difficult to function and that is most important right now. Keep going strong!

Hello jesluvmk - Thank you very much for your encouraging message. Your kind words are truly appreciated.

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