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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 Dose Of Sertraline(zoloft) Are You On?

ZOLOFT DOSAGE   612 members have voted

  1. 1. What dose of Zoloft (or generic equivalent) are you on?

    • 25mg
      68
    • 50mg
      196
    • 75mg
      26
    • 100mg
      173
    • 125mg
      9
    • 150mg
      68
    • 175mg
      2
    • 200mg or more
      71
  2. 2. How effective are you finding this dose?

    • Very Effective
      90
    • Somewhat Effective
      224
    • Not very effective
      54
    • I don't feel any different
      34
    • Still adjusting dose, too early to tell
      211
  3. 3. How long have you been on this dose?

    • 1-2 weeks
      259
    • 3-4 weeks
      83
    • 4-5 weeks
      46
    • 6-7 weeks
      30
    • 8-9 weeks
      26
    • 10 weeks or longer
      169

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For a while now I've wondered what dosage everyone's on and whether it's effective or not.

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Hi lestat,

Good poll! Thanks for coming up with this.

I've been on Zoloft for about 3 years now and I've been on different doses during that time. For the past year or so I've been back at 50 mg.

Overall I find that Zoloft is pretty effective for me and I like it better than any of the other anti-depressants I've tried. I find that Zoloft is particularly helpful with my panic disorder. I was having bad panic attacks before I started Zoloft and this has got much better since being on this medication.

I hope Zoloft is very helpful for you and I'll look forward to hearing from you again!

Take care.

Joanna

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I'm on 100 mg, but I take 50mg in the morning, and 50mg at lunch. I take Amitriptylin at night to sleep, as well, so the meds are balanced out throughout the day for me. If I take 100mg in the morning, I feel washed out by evening.

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I WAS on 150mg of Zoloft but was taken off of it about a two and a half weeks ago. I had taken in for around 3 months but got considerably worse than before taking it. I lost 20 pounds, had absolutely no motivation, etc. Everyone is different - what works for one may be horrid to the next.

Good luck! I hope it works well for you.

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I went from 50mg to 75mg and am now on 100mg. I've been on it for about 10 months, but I don't find it very effective. I'm still severely depressed, though it's different to how it was before. Not to say that I believe ADs to be ineffective, I think different people have different reactions to it and for me, my problems are related to external factors. I think my situation needs to change for me to get better.

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I have been on 50mg for about a month and just asked the doc to up it to 100mg because while 50 was working, I didn't think it was as effective as it could be. If the 100mg doesn't improve things, then I will drop back down to 50.

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I have been on 50mg for about a month and just asked the doc to up it to 100mg because while 50 was working, I didn't think it was as effective as it could be. If the 100mg doesn't improve things, then I will drop back down to 50.

Good luck with the dosage increase, JerseyRob. Keep us posted!

Take care.

Joanna

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I went from 50mg to 75mg and am now on 100mg. I've been on it for about 10 months, but I don't find it very effective. I'm still severely depressed, though it's different to how it was before. Not to say that I believe ADs to be ineffective, I think different people have different reactions to it and for me, my problems are related to external factors. I think my situation needs to change for me to get better.

Hi lastresort,

Are you able to get any help with making the changes to your situation that you talk about here? And in the meantime, perhaps a different medication might be more effective for you than Zoloft? (I'm not sure if you've tried any other ADs?). I do understand though that you feel like your depression is mainly caused by the situation you are in. And I hope so much that you are able to get some real life help and support with this.

Wishing you all the very best. :hearts:

Take care.

Joanna

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Im currently on 100 mg..if this dosage does not work my doc is going to try another med...im better then I was before but still not normal.

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Im currently on 100 mg..if this dosage does not work my doc is going to try another med...im better then I was before but still not normal.

Hi christalonely,

It's really good to hear you are doing better than you were, and I do hope you continue to notice an improvement on Zoloft. So glad that things are moving in the right direction for you!

Take care.

Joanna

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I am starting, this is my fifth week and I am taking 50 mg and doing great.

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I am starting, this is my fifth week and I am taking 50 mg and doing great.

Hi Andres,

Welcome to the Zoloft room! It's great to hear that Zoloft is working so well for you. Yay! :hearts: Thanks for sharing this good news.

I hope you continue to go from strength to strength!

Take care.

Joanna

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Im currently on 100 mg..if this dosage does not work my doc is going to try another med...im better then I was before but still not normal.

Hey Christa,

Sorry to hear you're not 100% - and I hope you find something that helps. I took another med for a couple of years, and while it helped, it didn't help as much as the zoloft has - I thought that was as good as it got.....

I hope the new dose helps, but in any case, let us know how you're doing, okay?

Take care,

Dewayne

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I am starting, this is my fifth week and I am taking 50 mg and doing great.

I'm so glad to hear it's helping! Keep us posted, and I hope the good times continue!

Take care,

Dewayne

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I'm almost on my third week at 50mg. I was doing well the first week, but after that I started feeling depressed again. I haven't been able to get back to where I was yet, but I'm working at it and hope to be somewhere near normalcy soon.

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I'm almost on my third week at 50mg. I was doing well the first week, but after that I started feeling depressed again. I haven't been able to get back to where I was yet, but I'm working at it and hope to be somewhere near normalcy soon.

Hi allypoo,

Good for you for working hard to get back to where you were before your depression and for staying hopeful. I really hope the improvements you felt during your first week on Zoloft will continue. I think it's very normal to have some good days/weeks and not so good days/weeks as we adjust to a new medication. Three weeks is still early days and I'm keeping everything crossed for you that your good days will become much more consistent. If you aren't already, don't forget to stay in close contact with your doctor about how you are doing. And please keep us posted too!

Wishing you all the very best.

Joanna

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I'm almost on my third week at 50mg. I was doing well the first week, but after that I started feeling depressed again. I haven't been able to get back to where I was yet, but I'm working at it and hope to be somewhere near normalcy soon.

Hi allypoo,

I wish we had meds that "kicked in" faster, so we'd know they were working sooner. I had good and bad days when I started, and I think it was about four to five weeks before I could really tell they were helping. Keep talking to us, and letting us know how you are, and I hope you approach normalcy soon.

Take care,

Dewayne

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Hi everyone,

I'm new to these forums, but i figured this was a good place to start.

I've been on Zoloft for about 3 months now. I've taken 50, 100, and recently 150mg.

After about a month on each with no visible changes, my doctor is recommending me to another specialist.

Despite their ineffectiveness in improving my mood, i did notice an increase in my hostility and anger, especially towards others. Since i've always been a pretty peaceful person, this was a bit alarming. Also, a severe change in my eating habits. Since i've had problems with eating disorders in the past, this worried my doctor more than anyone.

I've recently realized how frustrating and well,.. depressing this continuous struggle to find a balance in medication can be, so i want to applaud anyone and everyone who deals with this every day.

-T

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Hi everyone,

I'm new to these forums, but i figured this was a good place to start.

I've been on Zoloft for about 3 months now. I've taken 50, 100, and recently 150mg.

After about a month on each with no visible changes, my doctor is recommending me to another specialist.

Despite their ineffectiveness in improving my mood, i did notice an increase in my hostility and anger, especially towards others. Since i've always been a pretty peaceful person, this was a bit alarming. Also, a severe change in my eating habits. Since i've had problems with eating disorders in the past, this worried my doctor more than anyone.

I've recently realized how frustrating and well,.. depressing this continuous struggle to find a balance in medication can be, so i want to applaud anyone and everyone who deals with this every day.

-T

Hi JustFinicky,

Welcome to DF and to the Zoloft forum! I'm really sorry that Zoloft does not appear to be helping your mood and, if anything, that it's causing additional problems in terms of your anger and eating habits. I'm wondering how much longer your doctor is suggesting you stay on this medication? Also wondering whether Zoloft is the first anti-depressant you have tried? There are definitely a lot of other medications out there and, hopefully, one of them will help you. But, as you rightly say here, this trial and error process can be very frustrating. I'm really sorry you're going through this right now.

Wishing you all the very best and looking forward to hearing from you again.

Take care.

Joanna

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Welcome JustFinicky!

I'm sorry zoloft isn't working for you, and I can relate. I've experienced the frustration that comes with searching for a med that will help.

I'm so glad you're not giving up, and I hope the specialist can help you!

Take care,

Dewayne

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It's hard to say what dose I am on. My dr wants me on 150 mg. I tried it for a couple days then went back to 100mg. Decided I want off of zoloft (long story), so I adjusted my dose to 50mg since the 19th (a about a week ago). I know how to ween myself off, I can't consult with my doctor about doing this because she doesn't believe in withdrawals.

I was on seroquel, I stopped cold turkey and had horrible withdrawals. My dr said it wasn't the medicine that caused the way I felt. But all the research I did showed that it was withdrawals I was going through.

My dr isn't very helpful mental threapy wise, I don't know why I even bother going at this point. I am thinking I am nearing the end of going but my husband thinks I should still go. My dr already told me she doesn't know how to help me other than px medicine and asked me if I wanted to come back. I said I don't have to come back, it's okay, then she looked at me with a shocked look. What a waste of time in my opinion, a waste of time for me and her. the only thing she is helping me with is 2 other medications, one for anxiety and one to sleep.

there is a lot more detail that I am not putting, Only because I am tired, it's late, and I have to get up at 5am to get ready for work, ugh! so please don't judge me. I have a lot of reasons why I am weening myself off.

cheers

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It's hard to say what dose I am on. My dr wants me on 150 mg. I tried it for a couple days then went back to 100mg. Decided I want off of zoloft (long story), so I adjusted my dose to 50mg since the 19th (a about a week ago). I know how to ween myself off, I can't consult with my doctor about doing this because she doesn't believe in withdrawals.

I was on seroquel, I stopped cold turkey and had horrible withdrawals. My dr said it wasn't the medicine that caused the way I felt. But all the research I did showed that it was withdrawals I was going through.

My dr isn't very helpful mental threapy wise, I don't know why I even bother going at this point. I am thinking I am nearing the end of going but my husband thinks I should still go. My dr already told me she doesn't know how to help me other than px medicine and asked me if I wanted to come back. I said I don't have to come back, it's okay, then she looked at me with a shocked look. What a waste of time in my opinion, a waste of time for me and her. the only thing she is helping me with is 2 other medications, one for anxiety and one to sleep.

there is a lot more detail that I am not putting, Only because I am tired, it's late, and I have to get up at 5am to get ready for work, ugh! so please don't judge me. I have a lot of reasons why I am weening myself off.

cheers

Hi snowqueen,

I really hope you can find a new doctor and I am sorry you have landed with someone who sounds so unsupportive. Once we lose confidence in our doctor and/or therapist, I agree that it is pointless continuing a relationship with them. Perhaps you could make an appointment with a psychiatrist? In other words, someone who really knows their stuff when it comes to anti-depressant medication. Hopefully you could then work with him/her on trying a new AD that might suit you better? And, presumably, whichever doctor you switched to would be able to help you with your other prescriptions also?

Wishing you all the very best, snowqueen.

Take care and keep us posted!

Joanna

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((((((Snowqueen)))))

It is hard to find docs that know how to treat mental illness. Please try to see another doc who has more experience, it makes all the difference in the world.

I went to one who I felt didn't have much experience treating mental illness, and was having lots of problems with the med he gave me. Every time, he just upped my dose, and I got worse and worse until I was maxed out on it. Long story short, he left town, I found a new doc, and she knows what she's doing. I was on the verge of having myself committed before I found her, and she's helped me more than any other doc I've ever had.

And you are correct that quitting meds cold turkey is NOT a good idea, and I'm shocked that any doc would suggest that with all the info that's out there. I think it would also be a good idea to be under another doc's supervision while weaning yourself off of zoloft, but I'm glad that at least you're not going cold turkey.

Not fun. Ask me how I know.

Take care,

Dewayne

Take care,

Dewayne

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I was surprised to see that I am the only one on 200mg. I started on 25 for bout a week then 50 for 2 weeks then 100 for 2 weeks and started 200 today. Im not very confident about it because I havnt been feeling any better at all. The reason she up'd me is cause I am sleeping more and she thinks that might be an indication it will help but I still feel more horrible even though im sleeping more (probably sleeping too much now). What made me decide to try one higher does is because ive already put in so many weeks I may as well stick it out otherwise she would have switched me to something else and i would just have to start again.

the scary part is that she gave me double dose so that I dont run out in two weeks (cause they only make 100mg tablets) and I still have some from previous scripts... and im tempted just to take them all, everything in the cubboard actually... i went off the track a bit there... sorry

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I was surprised to see that I am the only one on 200mg. I started on 25 for bout a week then 50 for 2 weeks then 100 for 2 weeks and started 200 today. Im not very confident about it because I havnt been feeling any better at all. The reason she up'd me is cause I am sleeping more and she thinks that might be an indication it will help but I still feel more horrible even though im sleeping more (probably sleeping too much now). What made me decide to try one higher does is because ive already put in so many weeks I may as well stick it out otherwise she would have switched me to something else and i would just have to start again.

the scary part is that she gave me double dose so that I dont run out in two weeks (cause they only make 100mg tablets) and I still have some from previous scripts... and im tempted just to take them all, everything in the cubboard actually... i went off the track a bit there... sorry

:hearts: (((((((((((((((destructive)))))))))))))) :bump:

I'm so sorry you are feeling like this ((((((((()))))))))) You are definitely not the only person who takes a 200 mg dose of Zoloft, it's just that it's the people taking lower doses who seem to have responded to this poll. Definitely doesn't mean there aren't people taking 200 mg out there though. But more to the point is that Zoloft does not sound like it's helping you too much.......And I'm really sorry about that. I completely get it that you don't much feel like starting all over again with a totally new medication, but, honestly, if you are feeling this bad on Zoloft then I wonder if it might not be a better idea to think about something different??

Also, maybe you could talk to your doctor about adding something? I am totally not an expert on these things, but I know many people take more than one medication and seems to work very well for some folks.

The main thing is for you to start feeling better again. Can you talk to someone in real life about how you are feeling right now? Do you have a therapist? Or even a close friend or trusted family member who could give you some moral support while you are struggling? I'm so sorry you are having these feelings and I hope so much you can find a better medication - or combination of meds - and also that you find all the support you need to get through this.

Thinking of you and wishing you all the very best. :shocked:

Take care.

Love,

Joanna

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