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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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How Long Does A Cycle Last ?:(

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I have posted a few times in this forum. I started to become depressed in October..it has gotten worse and this is the worst it has been. How long does a "cycle" last in terms of depression or downturn? I can't remember being down for this long at one time with very few "Good" days. I have been on lamictal..hasn't worked. Been trying supplements. Not worked. The nurse case manager in our corporate office looked over my FMLA claim..I told her I was having suicidal ideations (something I have never had before) She told me to go on disability ASAP. I just feel like people will be talking about me and it will hurt my career:( This has been the worst 3 months of my life.

Is there anything that could be physically wrong that could be causing this? I was dx'd bipolar-mom is bipolar. I have had intermient depression before (cycles) but nothing this low for this long:(

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I have posted a few times in this forum. I started to become depressed in October..it has gotten worse and this is the worst it has been. How long does a "cycle" last in terms of depression or downturn? I can't remember being down for this long at one time with very few "Good" days. I have been on lamictal..hasn't worked. Been trying supplements. Not worked. The nurse case manager in our corporate office looked over my FMLA claim..I told her I was having suicidal ideations (something I have never had before) She told me to go on disability ASAP. I just feel like people will be talking about me and it will hurt my career:( This has been the worst 3 months of my life.

Is there anything that could be physically wrong that could be causing this? I was dx'd bipolar-mom is bipolar. I have had intermient depression before (cycles) but nothing this low for this long:(

The most maddening aspects of Bi-Polar, at least for me, is that the cycles are not always predictable. For the past six months or so, I have been on a week to a week and a half cycle with mild circles of a day or two in between. I don't know if there is a normal cycle. Everyone may be different. Also, again, speaking for myself, my cycles vary as I get older and depending on my stress level which right now is as high as the sky is wide.

Getting a physical examination is always a wise choice. None of our systems operate in isolation. The body, mind, soul, and spirit are intimately connected for now. Like a mobile, any motion in any part effects all other parts.

Hold on tight, bi-polar is a wild ride.

Love,

Larry

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It varies wildly. Without working meds, my cycles are usually in the space of every 2-4 days.

But alot of people only get a few cycles a year.

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It varies wildly. Without working meds, my cycles are usually in the space of every 2-4 days.

But alot of people only get a few cycles a year.

Is itnormal for those who have bipoar to break their promises and not answer their phones or return emails when depressed?

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Is itnormal for those who have bipoar to break their promises and not answer their phones or return emails when depressed?

i think this is common for depressives in general. when i get depressed i completely shut down socially. my roomates think i hate them because suddenly i'm such a recluse. and i know i've lost friends to depression simply out of neglect. so it's important to keep up relations, even if it's just a friendly phone call. i ave to force myself to answer the phone even when i'm hating the world and everyone in it, because i know from experience that when the clouds part again i'm going to miss the friends i lost.

as for frequency of cycles, i don't know if i'm bipolar, i was diagnosed as such when i was 13, but i'm not sure it was or still is accurate. i do know i go most of the year very happy, with one or two depressions that last days to weeks. as i've gotten older it seems like i get depressed less often, but when i do it's much worse and lasts longer.

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I have posted a few times in this forum. I started to become depressed in October..it has gotten worse and this is the worst it has been. How long does a "cycle" last in terms of depression or downturn? I can't remember being down for this long at one time with very few "Good" days. I have been on lamictal..hasn't worked. Been trying supplements. Not worked. The nurse case manager in our corporate office looked over my FMLA claim..I told her I was having suicidal ideations (something I have never had before) She told me to go on disability ASAP. I just feel like people will be talking about me and it will hurt my career:( This has been the worst 3 months of my life.

Is there anything that could be physically wrong that could be causing this? I was dx'd bipolar-mom is bipolar. I have had intermient depression before (cycles) but nothing this low for this long:(

You say you are bipolar but do not seem to mention that you are in the care of a psychiatrist. So my question there is are you taking the proper meds for bipolar?

But that said, it does not help the fact that you are in a bad depressive state. People talking at work? I am sure that they talked about me; in fact I know they did because it was so obvious. I got better and they got over it. I assume my problem is an open secret or an open mystery. If you can, keep going to work as it at least forces your mind onto something else. I was terribly unproductive but I went in every day.

How long does it last? Depends on the person. For me it seems these awful episodes take up to 6 months.

If you need to talk send me an email.

Brian

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I cycle within hours or days. I'm somewhere close to Clycothymia, though, not Bipolar I.

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I cycle within hours or days. I'm somewhere close to Clycothymia, though, not Bipolar I.

I have bipolar traits and I am the same... I cycle within hours

what is worse is I cannot notice "little" swings of emotion and only larger ones. And other people who are like me are noticing too.

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I was just wondering if this happens to anyone else...

I go thruogh phases every couple weeks where i'm mostly either high or low. but then within those phases i go up and down a bit too, sometimes a couple times a day.

it's hard to explain, but i notice that say for example i'm really depressed for a couple weeks, and i don't want to do anything, i'll go through higher bits, but not quite even hypomanic. it's like i go up and down within depressed, but then up and down within manic, kind of.

anyone else know what i'm talking about?

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Very much so. I cycle rapidly, sometimes several times a day, or even multiple times an hour. What you describe is not unusual. I normally have periods where a mood type is predominant (either depressed or manic - more the latter lately), but the rapid cycles are nested within these larger periods. Lamictal has helped me quite a bit with this, and now my moods tend to stay more constant within a phase.

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It varies wildly. Without working meds, my cycles are usually in the space of every 2-4 days.

But alot of people only get a few cycles a year.

Is itnormal for those who have bipoar to break their promises and not answer their phones or return emails when depressed?

I don't return phone calls when I'm depressed. My best friends know this, and they know that I'll snap out of it eventually. Others just give up on trying to reach me. I respond to most e-mail, but I ignore some too. As for mail, it often takes me three weeks to open or read it, and I never respond.

I really don't break promises though. I simply do not make them. But that's just part of my personality. I hate breaking promises, and I absolutely do my best to avoid lying to anyone.

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When I have a mood swing it usually lasts just a couple hours. I can wake up fine, cry all during my lunch, and then have enough energy to dust and vacuum the house from top to bottom after dinner. I am glad that this is how my cycles work now. With medicine I am usually at baseline, and when I am off I know it never lasts. Sure beats being depressed for months at a time like I was earlier in life.

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