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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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Where Do You Get Your Cymbalta

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Oh boy! The cost of health care is rising. I've got an outrageous deductible to meet. I handed over $98 for 30 30mg cymbalta pills. I tried to do without but withdrawal was way too bad for me. Does anyone know of a health care plan or an online pharmacy that does better than $3+ per pill. Or what I have to say to my doctor to get him to prescribe me the 60mg without being too obvious? I mean you get all these spam adds for cheep viagra and penis enlargement pills surely somewhere out there there is something useful. Help!

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Does your insurance have a mail order plan? That would probably be the cheapest route. I get a 90 day supply thru my insurances mail order program for $35.

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One time, I paid over $120. for 30/60mg. pills and I know it really upset me to think that this was taking out of our budget as we can hardly afford this. At this point, I pay $25 for the same amount with insurance, but along with my other meds, it's expensive.

Anyhow, would you qualify for something like the programs that are given by the drug companies? I'm sure they go on how much you make. Just because we have insurance doesn't mean it's not a hardship. I know one of my docs gave me Cymbalta for almost 2 years for free. I guess she was aware of how expensive this med was and how it factored into my budget.

I'd look into some kind of assistance. It's out there, but you need to look for it. If I can find the info, I'll pm it to you. Even a rebate would help you. It's expensive to treat depression, for sure.

Jackie

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I was paying over $120 for the 60mg prescription and when I had gone to my doctor to get me tapering off of Cymbalta, he prescribed the 30mg for two weeks then one every other day. When I had gone to the pharmacist, I was expecting to pay less than I did for the 60mg, but found out it was the same price. I was glad that was the last time I was going to have to spend $120 for that prescription. As for the withdrawl effects of Cymbalta, I was fine for the first two days, but then all of a sudden I felt very sick, I would just barely move my head and get very dizzy and felt nauseas, I would also have this really annoying ringing in my ears that also varieted so much that it really bothered the dizziness I already had. I was supposed to work that night, but called in sick saying that I was too dizzy to come in. I don't think that anyone realizes what I was actually going through. The person I had called told me to call back in an hour to see if I was doing better (Yeah right, It just doesn't go away like that!!!!) Anyways, these symptoms lasted for almost a week and I am doing a little better now. I have noticed that I am feeling very tired and not wanting to do anything at all (but I was also that way while I was on Cymbalta,) I have noticed that I am way more emotional and cry for stupid reasons, and while I was on Cymbalta I had no emotion (my fiances grandmother passed away and at her funeral, I just sat there with no emotion.) It has been two weeks now since I have stopped taking it and I am hoping that things are going to get better as the weeks go on. I am getting married on Feb. 26th and am hoping that all my withdrawl symptoms are gone. I just want to go back to the way I was before I had my depression. I used to be outgoing and could not stand just sitting around doing nothing......things have changed and I am at home on the couch everyday when I am not working. I don't even want to work on a project that could potentially bring money in for me and put my name out there (I am a photographer and am trying to get some pictures out in our local arts center and sell some of my pieces.) Anywho, I will keep everyone posted on my symptoms and whether they are gone by the time I get married.

By the way.....depression runs in my family but I had a lapse from when I was working two jobs, going to school, and trying to do everything at home. One of my jobs had me going home at night and crying in the shower. I hated that job so much, it has been over a year now since I quit that job and I am so grateful for that.

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Well, you could always switch to a different med if something else works or find a job with a better insurance plan. When I taught, I only had a 10% co-pay on everything. Now I'm on the state insurance to where everything is literally free. I don't think Cymbalta comes in generic, but that is cheaper. Some doctors give samples too. That can help some of the costs as well. That's all I can think of. Praying for you.

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Ive certainly run into this problem before!! Here are some things I've found that helped:

1.) Samples, ask your Dr. if you could pick up a month's supply of samples from him/her. That is what I am doing at this moment. No cost. He charges me full price for the visit, but there is no charge for the meds. (no insurance).

2.) Ask your doctor about, or look it up online yourself, the Prescription Assistance Plan. Are you in the US? I'm not sure if it is available outside of the US, but I have used this before. Lilly will send you I think 3-4 months (at a time, you just need to renew your application yearly i think) worth of whatever dosage you are taking for no cost. They ship it to your Dr and you pick it up there. You need proof of income to get this, which is just a paystub basically, or anything else. I'm not sure what to do if you are unemployed, but your Dr or the website should be able to tell you.

3.) Also, if you can't do either of the above, there are discount cards that you can get that will at least help a little bit. Unfortunately, Cymbalta is an expensive drug. Even with insurance it can still be pricey... I will have insurance next month, but since there's no generic and its non-preferred, I will still have to pay around $50 for it... which may not be a lot for some people, but for me it certainly is =(

Hope that helped a little bit... I know paying for this stuff can be such a pain. Please try for the samples or the assistance program (I know there is a website for that, I just don't remember it and don't think I can post it anyways.)

Good luck!

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I refuse to pay for mine so i just live off samples from my GP.

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My doc gave me samples for a couple of years and there were times when I did have to get a prescription filled. When I started with the current insurance, I paid $25. a month. Now, I change jobs Monday, and they are changing insurance on Apr.1 so who knows what I'll pay. I was told by HR that the higher tier meds were $10., but I'm not so sure as I have had to pay at least $25. for Cymbalta and an inhaler I'm on. They're just expensive meds and there seems to be no way around this unless your doc will give you samples.

On the other hand, fill out the form for PPA and see what they will do to help. If you can at least get a reduction, that will help. Maybe asking your doc to give you 30mg., twice a day would help, too. Docs have done this for me in the past, with pills that you break in half. Docs know that we have a difficult time paying for some of these meds when we don't have insurance. They help when they can. If your community has some kind of social service agency, they might help out, too.

Love, Jackie

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Cymbalta was a very expensive medication for me, under my current health care plan. In some ways I'm glad it started to poop out on me, after only 9 months, so I could move to a more cost effective medication -- Prozac.

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Oh boy! The cost of health care is rising. I've got an outrageous deductible to meet. I handed over $98 for 30 30mg cymbalta pills. I tried to do without but withdrawal was way too bad for me. Does anyone know of a health care plan or an online pharmacy that does better than $3+ per pill. Or what I have to say to my doctor to get him to prescribe me the 60mg without being too obvious? I mean you get all these spam adds for cheep viagra and penis enlargement pills surely somewhere out there there is something useful. Help!

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There is generic cymbalta sold in Canada which makes the drug companies cough up a generic. The prices range from

$.093 to $3 per pill. I don't know why this seems to be a big mystery but these drugs have been available for years. Today the problem is the drug souce. You have no idea where the drug comes from-China, Turkey etc. God only knows what the pills contain. Be very careful! :shocked:

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By mentioning how expensive Cymbalta is to some of my others doctors...I was able to get samples from them. My pain management doctor told me that he had so many of them that he didn't know what to do with them. He was happy to give me several months at a time. My pdoc gives me free samples as well. My insurance doesn't pay anything on Cymbalta between September and December. The first time I went to pick up my script in the month of September...the cost was $450.00/U.S. Oh yeah, like I was going to pay that for one medication. My pdoc told me that he would make sure that I had free samples.

Peace,

MEZ

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I'm up to 90 mg per day now and I get my Cymbalta directly from the drug company (Lilly). When my husband was out of work last year we has NO insurance and a lot of expensive prescriptions. So I went to the community (free-ish) clinic which had a sliding scale fee and a prescription drug assistance program that filled out the paper work and did the running for me. The only thing is I have to pick up my scripts within a certain amount of time or I will be permanently removed from the program. So far it's worked really well for us.

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