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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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I Took Triple The Dose Of Zoloft

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Last night I was feeling down and got no sleep. So I didn't care and I took triple the amount of Zoloft. I took 150 mg instead of my normal 50. Today Im feeling really sick. My whole body hurts, headaches, nauesa, weakness, no sleep, no appetite, and things seem kinda foggy at the moment. I know this will pass..just wondering if this will mess up my brain chemicals?

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You really shouldnt be doing that. Tripling the dosage isnt going to magically make you feel better. I'm positive that no long term damage has been done, but like youve already said you are probably going to be sick for a little while. How long have you been on the 50mg? If it has been over six weeks I would go back to your doc and tell them that the current dosage isnt helping you.

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I was on 25 mg for the first 2 weeks and now 50 mg for 3 weeks.

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Have you noticed any improvement at all over the past 5 weeks? Dips are to be expected when going on these meds. I had them when I was going on lexapro and while I've been on cymbalta. Some days I could swear that the medicine had quit working on me but as more time went on the dips got less and less.

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Also, if you are not sleeping well I would see if you can get something to help with that. How did you sleep before the zoloft? If it was well, its probably the zoloft. Oddly enough, these medications can cause insomnia which is the last thing most people with depression need. It could be a short term thing or it could stick around the whole time you are on the medication. Either way, there are very effective medications out there to help with sleep.

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I have noticed some improvement with my depression, not my anxiety. I was never a great sleeper but I remember before the meds I was sleeping pretty good. Is there any sleep meds I can take that doesn't cause addiction ,becasue I was addicted to ativan and I used that in the past to sleep.

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Yep there a few that you could try. First off the top of my head would be trazodone. Its an old antidepressant thats not really used for depression anymore because it makes most people drowsy as heck. A dose of 50-100mg does the trick for most folks. The side effects are low and its pretty safe and its cheap.

Then you got your hypnotics like ambien and lunesta. Ambien is not really meant to be used for long term, but some people do take it long term. Lunesta has been approved for long term use. Personally, I prefer lunesta. These are classified as "non-benzodiazepine hypnotics"(benzodiazepines are your ativan, valium, xanax, etc) and have a very low addiction potential. You are more likely to suffer psychological dependence as in "I CANT SLEEP WITHOUT MY LUNESTA!!" than you are any physical dependence.

Then there is remeron, another antidepressant that in low doses is very sedating.

Then there is seroquel, an antipsychotic that is very sedating in low doses.

There's elavil, an old trycyclic that is sedating.

They have a new one out called rozerem that works on melatonin receptors and is non-addicting. I really havent found too many folks who have had much success with it though.

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thank you so much...I will bring it up with my doc :hearts:

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((((((Christa))))))

I do hope you won't do that again!

I was prescribed amitriptylin (generic elavil) to help me sleep, and it seems to help my anxiety & depression as well. There certainly are options that aren't addictive, and I can understand being cautious about that. It was a concern of mine, but my doc didn't even bring up addicting sleep aids.

Remember, your body has to adjust to the meds, and dramatically increasing/decreasing dosages will most likely shock your system. It's not a good idea to play with AD's as I'm afraid you've found out. As far as how it has affected you, well, I can't say, because I'm not a doc. It wouldn't hurt to talk to your doc about it, explaining that you'll never do that again, of course!

Take care,

Dewayne

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I accidentally took a double dose of Zoloft a few years back. I was heading out for a vacation, took my meds before I left the house, and then in all the chaos, ended up taking another dose on the plane forgetting that I'd already taken them at home. I realized my mistake as soon as I'd swallowed the pills and braced for the impact which wasn't pleasant. I take 200mg of Zoloft so the 400mg that I got that day was pretty rough--especially since the max dose is usually 200mg.

You will be ok though. You've already said that you're planning on talking with your doc so as long as you do that right away, you're on the right track! I started on 25mg and was bumped up every 3 weeks until I maxed out at 200mg. Keep your appointments close together for now so that your doc can get you to the right dose as quickly as is safe. Hang in there, you will get where you need to be, it's just a little bumpy while you and your doc are figuring out what you need to take.

Is there any sleep meds I can take that doesn't cause addiction ,becasue I was addicted to ativan and I used that in the past to sleep.

I understand about the ativan, I have to be very careful with it. I used to take Seroquel as a sleep aid, and it did work for me, but when I decided to come off it, I had a rough withdrawal. I now prefer to use good old diphenhydramine to sleep. It's just Benadryl and doesn't cause addiction. Maybe that is something you might consider and talk with your doc about too.

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Yes, talk to your doc about the Benadryl, because you'll need to discuss taking it every day. It's my understanding that taking some OTC allergy meds daily can cause your pulse to race. I had that happen on another OTC allergy med - won't do that again! I'm not sure if the Benadryl does the same or not, but it's worth asking.

Take care,

Dewayne

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yes I will ask him, but my appointment is not until another few weeks..I guess I can make another and discuss the Insomina..casue it's driving me nuts

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If your doc is very familiar with your situation, you might just call your doc's office and tell them that you can't sleep. My doc will call in prescriptions for me without an appointment sometimes for things such as that, but it all depends of course..... It's worth a shot! They may require you to come in for an appointment, though, especially since you're starting a new med.

Take care,

Dewayne

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Diphenhydramine (benadryl) is a tried and true sleep agent. Just avoid any formulations that include other ingredients like a pain reliever or pseudophedrine. It's the pseudophedrine that causes the racing heart.

Diphenhydramine is out of your system in about 4-6 hours. It will make you drowsy but may not keep you asleep once it wears off. As it is an antihistamine, it is drying and may aggravate any 'drying' symptoms that you are having from the Zoloft like dry mouth.

However, as DeeBear said, it is always best to let your docs know everything you are taking--even vitamins, so they can keep track of potential interactions.

KA

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