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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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Celexa And Dreams ?

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Hi, I am new to the site and new to celexa. I take 40 mg a day for depression . I am recently having intense vivid dreams, even more so than usual. does anyone else notice this side effect. I also have to take mirtazapine and propropenal. I think the depression is quite a bit better. I was hospitalized for most of January.

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Hi, I am new to the site and new to celexa. I take 40 mg a day for depression . I am recently having intense vivid dreams, even more so than usual. does anyone else notice this side effect. I also have to take mirtazapine and propropenal. I think the depression is quite a bit better. I was hospitalized for most of January.

How long have you been on it? I can't relate to any vivid dreams, but did you change your dose recently or something?

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Ocean Wanderer --

Welcome to DF. :hearts:

I hope that your hospitalization in January was a positive experience. I'm glad to hear that you are responding nicely to Celexa! I found it to be a good AD (anti-depressant).

Vivid dreaming is a very common 'side effect' of AD's. I have run across numerous threads here on that very subject. Hope they're not spooking you too much. I find them fascinating most of the time -- considering I've never ordinarily been one to remember my dreams upon wakening! Don't worry -- your vivid dreams are quite typical.

Best,

HopefulOne

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I get vivid, intense, and long dreams on ADs. Sometimes it's like one long miniseries all night, with the most intricate plots...I wake up thinking "Where did I come up with this stuff?!". I have more lucid dreams, too, when you realize you're dreaming and can take control of the dream, change it, or wake yourself up.

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I have been on celexa for a month now and my dreams are extremely vivid. They are not nightmares, they are just really intense. I am starting a dream log to write down the dreams, because most of them are very interesting.

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my first 4 weeks of Celexa came with very odd, lucid dreams

also any time my dosage is changed.

also when I changed to Lexapro

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Hi, thanks for replies. The year before I was hospitalized I hardly dreamed at all. I like the dreams now though some are pretty bizarre. I had a lot of psychotic features at the hospital. now I dont have very many. They tried me on antipsychotics at the hospital but they were awful with side effects. My doctor wants to try me on another but I am resisting. I would rather have my brief and seldom psychotic features than deal with the side effects. This is all new to me. I managed to reach 53 without being diagnosed. I am still trying to come to terms with all of this. Thanks again for responding, take care out there, Kathy

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I managed to reach 53 without being diagnosed.

better late than never.

as they say "knowing is half the battle"

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Yeah I have just restarted taking celexa and defintly know the weird dreams. I don't know if it is making my dreams weird or just making me remember them more. But some of them are defintly interesting...

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