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      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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Sexual Side Effects Of Cymbalta.

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I just stopped taking Cymbalta. Of all the meds I've been on, it probably worked the best. After a year, it completely eliminated my ability to feel relations.

How has this drug effected your "relations?"

I'm very disappointed but am not ready to give that up.

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I just stopped taking Cymbalta. Of all the meds I've been on, it probably worked the best. After a year, it completely eliminated my ability to feel relations.

How has this drug effected your "relations?"

I'm very disappointed but am not ready to give that up.

Hello, OCD Runner - I am new on the site but familiar with the problem.

I started Cymbalta 3 years ago and, as I increased dosage to where I had pain control, the ability to enjoy or imagine or even remember sexual pleasure vanished. I wrestled with that for about 6 months - whined, actually - and then chose to stay on it. After 2 decades of nortryptalin (sp?) and it's long line of side effects (for whatever reason, decreased libido was not one of them!), the new energy was such a gift. While I am still working it seems essential.

We have made the best life we can around it, but sometimes it annoys me to have to give up one important aspect of life to function in others. I keep hoping the Cymbalta folks will work on this, but female issues appear to be in the 3% range and probalby not economically feasable.

Oh dear, I have gone on - maybe I am not supposed to spill everything in the first posting! Anyone found a drug combination that helps?

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I have been on Cymbalta now for coming up on 2 years at a dose of 120mg. I am not experiencing the lack of desire or interest. However, I was told it had potential as a "pain reliever" as well which I have NOT experienced at all...not even minutely. Not all meds work the same way for every "body".

I wish you well in your search for the right combination.

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This is an update on the Cymbalta and lack of feeling issue. I took myself off of the drug and basically went cold turkey. It was fairly uncomfortable, but taking benadryl (diphenhydramine) helped with the brain zaps and insomnia.

I was off the drug for about two weeks before my wife and I were...amorous! It felt like I was a teenager again. The feeling was beyond description: explosive, consuming, overpowering etc... I'm just hoping I can find a better way to combat my OCD and accompanied anxiety.

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This is the main reason why I joined this form.

This is day one for Cymbalta...I've been on Efexxor 150mg for the past two years, it fizzled out so my doctor asked if I wanted to switch...I said he!! yes I do.

Anyway he suggested Cymbalta...I'm weaning off the Efexxor XR the next two weeks.

My question is this; I've read that Cymbalta has adverse sexual side effects, for you men out there who have switched from or use to take Efexxor XR; is Cymbalta as worse as Efexxor in regards to ones Don Johnson not being up to par? ...you know, any premature shooting or lack of interest there of and stuff :hearts:

Dan

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This is the main reason why I joined this form.

This is day one for Cymbalta...I've been on Efexxor 150mg for the past two years, it fizzled out so my doctor asked if I wanted to switch...I said he!! yes I do.

Anyway he suggested Cymbalta...I'm weaning off the Efexxor XR the next two weeks.

My question is this; I've read that Cymbalta has adverse sexual side effects, for you men out there who have switched from or use to take Efexxor XR; is Cymbalta as worse as Efexxor in regards to ones Don Johnson not being up to par? ...you know, any premature shooting or lack of interest there of and stuff :hearts:

Dan

Dan,

My experience with SSRIs and Cymbalta are as follows: Once I've been on them for a week or so, the feeling assoicated with sexual activities is reduced ~30 to 40%. This reduction is not a functional issue, Don Johnson is still able to stand at attention as needed. After about 1 to 1.5 years, sensitivity reduces to almost nothing. At points, I was not able to feel an orgasm, and when I did it was diminished by a significant amount.

Removing the drug from my system for a week or so brought back my ability to feel an orgasm once again. (It was unbelievably strong.) Now, comes the hard part: Can I live without these drugs? I've been drug free for about two months now.

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I have taken Viagra for several years now as needed while on these meds (Cialis as well). It has helped greatly. Took time for the inability to have an orgasm to decrease but i'm happy with the ability to have sex and my partner doesn't complain that it takes longer (if at all) for me to achieve an orgasm :hearts:

I think the sexual side effects have something to do with the "not being able to obsess on things" If I totally focus on the task at hand with deep desires (and fantasies maybe)..... the sensitivity comes back for a bit, but then it's lost easily, hence no orgasm in site.

Hope this helps and isn't too detailed. hehe. Sexual topics can be touchy.

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Hi im Jim ive been diagnosed with social anxiety and depression. i just started taking cymbalta almost a week ago and i gotta say kinda freaked me out aside from the nausea and the sweats which seems to be common, the sexual side effects **** me, i have no problem with (e.d) but my end game is flawed, me and my fiance went at it for nearly an hour and a half and nothing we had to stop, im considered a minute man haha and this was a shock to me, i'm having a hard time deciding if i should stop taking it or give it time, cause i cant have that! but i guess my question is if i choose to stay on it will the orgasm problem go away eventually, im suppose to up my dosage to 60mg this week. i've also tried prozac, celexa and zoloft and same problems, are these meds all in the same family or what!

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Hi im Jim ive been diagnosed with social anxiety and depression. i just started taking cymbalta almost a week ago and i gotta say kinda freaked me out aside from the nausea and the sweats which seems to be common, the sexual side effects **** me, i have no problem with (e.d) but my end game is flawed, me and my fiance went at it for nearly an hour and a half and nothing we had to stop, im considered a minute man haha and this was a shock to me, i'm having a hard time deciding if i should stop taking it or give it time, cause i cant have that! but i guess my question is if i choose to stay on it will the orgasm problem go away eventually, im suppose to up my dosage to 60mg this week. i've also tried prozac, celexa and zoloft and same problems, are these meds all in the same family or what!

i had lack or no labido on both effexor and cym. The other night, I couldn't get it up no matter what we tried. The desire is there, the hardness isn't. Anyway from what I have read almost all AD do this. So, its a decision on which drug works best for you and can you live beig a minute man. Ii the fiance is worth her salt, she'll be sympathic. My gf and I decided that if it isn't happening that night no point in both of us not having an orgasim. Just make sure your finace realizes its the drugs and not her or you.

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from what Im reading, it must be the same for guys as it is for girls...minus the equipment. the reason why Im saying this is bc I had problems having an orgasm during my first two months taking cym, but then it smoothed out and the feelings came back. but when I first experienced the sexual difficulty..the desire was there but I just couldnt go any further with it. Ive been on cym for almost 6 months now, and I have no problems at all with the big O.

sorry to dip into yalls convo hehe...I just wanted you to know that your not alone.

-Sweet P

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It has made me have no desire to even contemplate sex at the moment and the 'O' just doesn't seem to want to happen. I have never had a problem before so I know its the meds doing this. However, this is something I can cope with and my boyfriend has to as well as I would sooner be a happy person and put up with littel sex rather than miserable with plenty sex lol!!

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I'v been on Duloxetine since Feb this year.

Started off on 30mg, but that had no effect at all. I'm now on 60mg aday.

Got to say since about April, i'm just so horny, all the while. Not sure if it's a werid side effect or me just not getting enough.

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Think these side effects affect men and women.

For me this has always been a sore point.I'm in a relationship and i'm at the point of wanting to finish it because i can't cope with the constant stress of it all.

The medical profs seem to underestimate how much of a problem this is for a lot of people.Almost as if its just something we have to put up with.I've mentioned it to my Drs in the past and its pretty much dismissed as a put up and shut up.

Depression itself can cause enough blips in this area,and combined with med side effects i've found having any kind of normal sex life is impossible.

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I feel really badly for those of you who have these problems.

I went on Cymbalta in October and by January was feeling hypersexual by January. This has come and gone in waves but the desire has been there since then. If anyone is just beginning this med., stick with it for at least 2 1/2 or 3 months to see if you get back to "normal" or maybe more.

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I just stopped taking Cymbalta. Of all the meds I've been on, it probably worked the best. After a year, it completely eliminated my ability to feel relations.

How has this drug effected your "relations?"

I'm very disappointed but am not ready to give that up.

Just chipping in - I have no sexual side effects. This is the first med I've ever been on that doesn't effect my sex life. It's weird! I actually like sex now?? Ok...anyway....

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I just stopped taking Cymbalta. Of all the meds I've been on, it probably worked the best. After a year, it completely eliminated my ability to feel relations.

How has this drug effected your "relations?"

I'm very disappointed but am not ready to give that up.

It does cause a disinterest in sex. Makes us sort of sexless creatures. I didnt really miss it since i had no sense of desire anyhow.

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I just stopped taking Cymbalta. Of all the meds I've been on, it probably worked the best. After a year, it completely eliminated my ability to feel relations.

How has this drug effected your "relations?"

I'm very disappointed but am not ready to give that up.

It does cause a disinterest in sex. Makes us sort of sexless creatures. I didnt really miss it since i had no sense of desire anyhow.

I've only been on it for 2 weeks so who am I really to talk about this, but I haven't experienced any sexual side effets as of yet! And hoping it stays that way as I have quite a high drive shall we say... :hearts: I know when I was on Paxil I experienced 0 sex drive and I can honestly say that was the worst feeling!! Totally ruined the relationship I was in. The sacrifices we have to make to feel "normal"!

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I have also lost all interest in sex. It takes a long time to get things "rolling" and then there is no "O" at the end. I have never had this problem and it has left my husband feeling very inadequate. I have explained to him that it's not him, it's the drug, but still it's deflating. I have an appointment with my doctor to switch, but the more I'm reading on here, the more I think that I just want off completely.

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I stopped taking Cymbalta cold turkey last Tuesday. I've had the "brain-zaps", the restlessness at night and temperature swings. I'm fortunate in that I am a student and live at by myself. While that sounds great at 47 it's a little scary. Depression has cost me my job and relationship of 10 years. Luckily my doctor had prescribed some Ambien a couple of months ago. I take it at night to help me sleep.

My insurance ends at the end of July so I've been trying to get off all my meds (I can't afford them). I've been tapering off my Lamictal and Geodon while quitting my Cymbalta cold turkey. This forum has helped me realize I am not losing my mind with the side effects I'm feeling. It also explains why I've cleaned out every closet in the apartment.

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I was given several anti-depressants after going through a traumatic family event. The one that worked best is Cymbalta, however, when you go on anti-depressants immediately after a life changing event, you are never sure how much to attribute to the situation and how much to the meds.

Several side effects were present immediately. I had sweats and my back had a breakout of acne. That lasted for only a few days and was no longer a problem.

For the first several weeks, I could not have an O no matter how hard we tried. It was ridiculous. After about two months, that started to change and now it's about 50-50 after 9 months of being on Cymbalta. No doubt, the time it takes to achieve O still is really long, sometimes 60-90 minutes. Hence, unless you have a lot of energy or a lot of time (something I don't have a lot of), you would rather just skip it.

Libido is definitely down as well. I still like looking at pretty women, but things that used to get the job done (fantasies, porn), just don't have the same effect as pre-Cymbalta. I look at my partner as more of a best friend than a lover which is not ideal for either of us.

Why do I stay on it? I've tried others and tired of the work of changing and the weird way I felt after changing meds. It does make me feel better and some things that used to bother me (flying, crowds) don't bother me any more. Moreover, I couldn't sleep before without Ambien and now I never need to take the Ambien to sleep.

Wish, however, that I could be myself in the sex category again.

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Frankly, the effect to my libido is opposite. I am more easily aroused, etc. (Female here, by the way.)

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It seems to be the trend that the anti-depressants affect female sexuality less than men.

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^ I wouldn't say that. Whether or not you will suffer sexual side effects from taking an antidepressant, and the severity of it, depends on your chemistry.

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When I first started taking Cymbalta I had major concerns about my "performance" because the medicine seemed to numb everything. For about the first 2 weeks, it was stressful because it seemed like I just couldn't get aroused despite the fact that I have a beautiful, understanding, incredibly supportive wife. After about 2 weeks, those symptoms seemed to go away and everything was back to normal in terms of performance but we definitely were doing it less because I always felt fatigued. Now I'm off it, my sex drive feels like its making up for lost time and my wife is jokingly (I think) suggesting that I get back on it. :shocked:

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I've been on Cymbalta for 4 years and it's been a mixed bag in the sexuality dept. I don't have a problem achieving climax through ************* (I'm a woman), but I only have interest in that about once a week or so. When I was in a relationship, I had interest in sex, but it wasn't a totally connected kind of passion-- more like eating to satisfy hunger, not because of sheer pleasure. I couldn't often orgasm because of this lack of connection. I really don't run into someone in a bar or at a party and feel that powerful sense of attraction anymore, which makes me kind of sad! I really miss that feeling, even if I don't miss all the "down" feelings that go along with the "ups".

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