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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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What To Do If U Feel Like A Different Person

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what do u do if ur depression has caused u to become more shy and negative thinking and thinking of what others might think of u ?>....i used to not care at all and was always laughing and in a great mood and constantly making ppl laugh like crazy by just being goofy and doing weird voices....i was almost like Jim Carrey............but now i feel like i am not as funny........im constantly worrying if ppl are gona laugh if i decide to do something funny........i rarely do my funny voices and imitations......i just feel like ive lost it.......does this mean ive lost it? .....or does depression mask it?

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Hi Robster,

Depression can definitely make us feel insecure, or even paranoid. It not only erodes our motivation and enthusiasm, it gives our self-confidence a beating too. But I don't think you've lost your old self for good. It's just that your depression is making you FEEL differently. And it's effecting the way you think and act too. Your old, funny, Jim Carey self is still there, but it's become buried under all the depression.

I really hope you can find a way to overcome this Robster, and I'm sorry I can't say anything more helpful in terms of HOW to get from A to B. I'm still struggling with that myself! I do think that talking and writing about how we are feeling can be very healing. So you're already doing well on that. Are you seeing a therapist? I read in one of your other posts that you haven't had much luck with tolerating anti-depressants, but I'm wondering if you've exhausted all the options on the medication front?? There's no doubt in my mind that anti-depressants can really help take the edge off the bad feelings if we can just find the right one, or the right combination.

Well, don't want to make this too long. I just wanted to say hi and that I'm really sorry you're struggling. You definitely aren't alone with your pain and I hope it's helping you a it to be part of this forum. In my personal experience though, I've found that I need additional help in real life in the form of anti-depressants and therapy. I really hope you are able to find the right help in real life too Robster.

Take care.

Joanna

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Hi Robster,

Perhaps in the past you were being funny as a way of covering up how you were really feeling. Maybe this depression has been a build up over the years. I don't know you and don't want you to think I think this is what's going on, but at the same time it's a valid question to ask yourself. Most comedians suffer depression and humour often stems from some form of pain. Man, how morbid does that sound?:hearts: eek.

I'm confident there's a happy medium and you can definitely be that fun loving guy again. Depression will drain your loves and talents that's for sure, but you won't lose them, they're still there.

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Robster

That is just depression talking, when it hits it can change our whole way of thinking, the way we do things and our reactions.

The best thing for you to do is see a therapist or a doc and explain how you are feeling and they will help you with the best way to manage it, so that you can feel your old self again, there is hope.

We are here to listen always :hearts:

Trace

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Could be depression or maybe not. I lost some of what I had too, but part of it was just growing up. I will never lose it completely though! :) It's good that you're being aware of changes about you and how they affect you. Praying for you.

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I think that feeling like a different person (for the worse) is one of the many symptoms of depression. Depression makes you more introverted.

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For me it also makes me feel like I have a big fog over my eyes that I can't rid myself of.

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what do u do if ur depression has caused u to become more shy and negative thinking and thinking of what others might think of u ?>....i used to not care at all and was always laughing and in a great mood and constantly making ppl laugh like crazy by just being goofy and doing weird voices....i was almost like Jim Carrey............but now i feel like i am not as funny........im constantly worrying if ppl are gona laugh if i decide to do something funny........i rarely do my funny voices and imitations......i just feel like ive lost it.......does this mean ive lost it? .....or does depression mask it?

I know exactly what you mean, because that sounds like me. I was a light to others, using humor and joking to lift myself and others up, but once I lost traction, I fell into the negative feeling/thought/speech/action cycle.

The negative feeling/thought/speech/action cycle gives rise to a whole host of self-defeating illusions (lies), particularly self-doubt and fear.

The best way to get out of it is the same way you got in... one step at a time in the opposite direction.

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I know what you mean. I want to return to who I was too. I was happy - I'm still well liked at work. But this group of people that don't like me who live near me are starting to eat at my soul. And there used to be a time, something like that would have never bothered me. I was confident in who I was and also very funny. Now I'm either on the verge of tears or simply annoyed. I don't like me. I miss loving me.

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what do u do if ur depression has caused u to become more shy and negative thinking and thinking of what others might think of u ?>....i used to not care at all and was always laughing and in a great mood and constantly making ppl laugh like crazy by just being goofy and doing weird voices....i was almost like Jim Carrey............but now i feel like i am not as funny........im constantly worrying if ppl are gona laugh if i decide to do something funny........i rarely do my funny voices and imitations......i just feel like ive lost it.......does this mean ive lost it? .....or does depression mask it?

no you just care too much....try not to take everything so seriously

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oh yea this is a big feature of my depression. I am hypersensitive to how others react to me and I have a horrible fear they think I am stupid. Or that I don't belong in medical school with them. Even though I perform around the average, sometimes a bit lower, I constantly feel like an ***** and am afraid that the next thing that comes out of my mouth will be wrong and everyone will be laughing secretly ... or worse, with each other at a later time.

The best advice I can give you is to take up a hobby or get involved with sports, this helps a lot in terms of building confidence. The only place i feel confident is on a bike or at the gym.

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