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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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My Doctor Added Welbutrin To Take Along With My Celexa (citalopram)

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I have been taking 20mg of Citalopram for about 4 months. The past month I stopped drinking (used to drink every night) and my depression completely went away. So I basically have no depression (i get upset, which is ok, but i do not experience the depression that used to consume my soul/shut me down physically) - this is a big thing. I still might cry and have emotions but a few hours later I can compose these emotions - I have never in my life been able to do this.

Anyway, I told my doctor that my depression has lifted but my motivation is ABSENT. I have a lot of trouble concentrating and getting myself to do things. I asked her if this is still my depression lingering and she did not want to up my Citalopram above 20mg - instead she wanted to add Welbutrin. I think this is pretty common for them to do.

My question is - can anyone share their experience of going on the Welbutrin:

-What can I expect when I first start the medication?

-Are there any cautionary things that I should look out for while taking this medication?

-How long does this take to work?

-Did this combination of Citalopram and Welbutrin work for you?

I did talk to the doctor briefly about my concerns and questions, but I wanted to hear any personal stories that any of you had, because sometimes it gives me a better idea of what I'm in for. I know that everyone reacts differently to medication.

Feel free to share with me - I would really appreciate your feedback. Thank you!

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From my experience, adding Wellbutrin took away ALL the side effects I suffered from Lexapro (Celexa the same thing). It helps greatly with the Lethargy, Tiredness, Low motivation, Low sex drive, etc. All that greatly improves with adding Wellbutrin.

I hope you have this same experience. What dosage of Wellbutrin are you starting at? 150mg? are you taking the XL version or the SR?

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From my experience, adding Wellbutrin took away ALL the side effects I suffered from Lexapro (Celexa the same thing). It helps greatly with the Lethargy, Tiredness, Low motivation, Low sex drive, etc. All that greatly improves with adding Wellbutrin.

I hope you have this same experience. What dosage of Wellbutrin are you starting at? 150mg? are you taking the XL version or the SR?

Hi - thanks for the reply. The doctor wants me to take 150mg of Wellbutrin every day once in the morning.

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My doc too just added Wellbutrin SR to my 20 of Lexapro. I start taking it in the morning. I haven't had a problem with side effects at all on Lexapro after the first few days, but have only had a partial-response on the Lexapro, so he's looking to boost my response. I've actually loved the lack of side effects on the Lexapro, and am worried about adding more. I'm also interested in other folks' experience, and wondering how long it will take to see any impact.

I understand it's a pretty common addition. Best of luck!

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I have been on Wellbutrin XL 150mg for 3 months.. And then 2 months ago my doctor added 20mg of Citalopram because I was too hyper. I took both in the morning which didn't go to well. Couldn't sleep at all. Saw on the forum where alot took the Citalopram in the evening and that worked great. All side effects went away. Saw my doctor Tuesday and he raised the Wellbutrin to 300mg. So just have to see how that goes. So far so good.

Just have to give it time. Took 8 weeks for me to feel the Wellbutrin. The Citalopram I felt right away.

Bette :)

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Wow, I wasn't even aware that you could add Wellbutrin to an existing medication. I am also experiencing a complete lack of motivation and almost contant fatigue...I will have to talk to my doctor and see if she thinks it might be something to try.

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Wow, I wasn't even aware that you could add Wellbutrin to an existing medication. I am also experiencing a complete lack of motivation and almost contant fatigue...I will have to talk to my doctor and see if she thinks it might be something to try.

Hi all i have been taking lexapro for 5 weeks and have this same lazieness, lack of motivation, add to this bad memory, confusion at times, and just feeling spaced out. Any way i am considering wellbutrin as an add on. But have been experimenting with amino acids, tyrosine specifically. It is believed to convert to dopamine with the help of B vitamins. I notice an incredible respones with 200MG which really motivates me. Careful cause this stuff is powerful even though it is sold over the counter at GNC. To much gets me really anxious and caused me trouble sleeping. Interested to know if other people have tried this or had sucess? Anyway good luck with wellbutrin.

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Hi I am taking 40mg of Citalopram and I don't think it is enough. Today I had a bad crying spell. I also have an addiction so I thought of asking my family DR to switch me to Welbutrin since it is suppose to help addiction also.

But now you all made me wonder if I should just add a dosage of Welbutrin with my Citalopram

Sue

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