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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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Splitting A 20mg Lexapro Pill Into Quarters?

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Hi. Just wondering if 20mg Lexapro pills can be successfully cut into quarters (for people who take 15mg a day). I see that the 20mg pills work out to be so much cheaper than the 10mg pills.

Has anyone ever tried to do this? Or is this just asking for trouble? I imagine one would need a pretty good pill cutter for this.

THANKS.

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i cut my son's pills in half with a pill cutter to get his dosage right.

the pill cutter i have always seems to want to be off center, so it took me a while to get it right.

i would think it's possible, but i don't know how accurate your dosage would be.

maybe the pharmacy could recommend a good pill cutter -- or even cut them for you?

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I actually split my pills all the time with a pill cutter. My Dr. told me to do so. I take 30mg of Lexapro and have to split one of the 20mg pills in half. Seems to work just fine.

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I cut my citalopram tablets in half. Even with a good pill splitter, they never come out perfect. I imagine that cutting into quarters would be a royal pain, and not very accurate. Ah, the pleasures of being "between sizes". I believe they make liquid Lex, which would probably be the most accurate for odd dosages. I don't know how it compares in price, though.

I've read posts from people who taper off ADs extremely slowly by cutting their pills into smaller and smaller pieces over a long period of time, until there's just a grain of sand left, but the thought of doing that makes me want to scream. I suppose you can cut to whatever size you want if you have the patience and dexterity for it.

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i can split the 20mg pills easily with my fingers and they usually always split in half perfectly. Then I use a razor blade to cut the other half down to 5mg. I have done this several times when increasing or decreasing my dose. I currently switched to Cymbalta but tried to tapper off the Lexapro to quickly. I had some weird disorientation spells when turning my head and fatigued more easily.

My doc told me it was ok to continue taking lexapro with the cymbalta. I think he's crazy but he's actually very well known and respected in the bay area. At any rate, I slowly got off the lexapro while increasing the cymbalta and the disorientation went away.

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Ronnie, can a razor blade actually slice (or saw?) through the pill evenly enough?

Eee-gads! -- as if I don't have enough to contend with nowadays...the idea of setting up a mini-lab in my kitchen to try and dissect pills really takes the cake.

Thank you all for the good advice. Much appreciated.

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Hehe.... yes, it (slices) quite easily. after you break the 20mg in half, I set that half down with the blade touching half of the half kinda like cutting carrots or an onion I guess and just do a quick 'slice'. Just watch so it doesn't slip away.... and if one half is larger than the other, the next day I would nibble down the larger half (kinda like a beaver) after swalling the smaller half to even it out.... i'm wierd, I know. But once you do it enough, you get a routine down and can do a months supply in like 5-10 min.

Or... if that gets too tedious, one of my old pyschiatrists also suggested crushing the pill up and mixing it in a glass of fruit punch or something.... keeping it in the fridge and drink half of it one day and the other half the next day, just make sure its mixed up real good.

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Wow, a glass of LexaPunch! Now THERE'S a cocktail for ya.

Thanks for this, Ronnie. I guess the only way to get the hang of it is to plunge in with my blade and try it. MUCH appreciated.

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Depressed folk with razor blades...hmmmm. :hearts:

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