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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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Cymbalta: Neg Side Effects & Withdrawal

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Hi,

I am a 37 year old female attorney (criminal law) who is currently going through Cymbalta Withdrawal (Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome). Today is Day 21 without Cymbalta. I have been diagnosed with depression w/ anxiety. Over the past 8 yrs, I have tried several anti-depressants with no negative side effects...they all just stopped working. Then my psychiatrist switched me to Effexor and eventually to Cymbalta then to Pristiq (a new form of Cymbalta). I believe this category of anti-depressants (specifically Duloxetine) is dangerous, so I am sharing my story with others.

On Cymbalta, I suffered terrible, debilitating side effects including lethargy, memory problems, concentration problems, vision problems, worsened depression, and suicidal ideation. However, I didn't realize it was the Cymbalta causing these problems until I started experiencing the withdrawal symptoms and did some research. Turns out, there are THOUSANDS of people (probably more) who have also suffered these and other negative side effects! In addition, many people are suffering severe withdrawal symptoms because most doctors are not aware of the severity of withdrawal from Cymbalta.

My psychiatrist prescribed the Cymbalta and then told me to switch directly to Pristiq (a newer form of Cymbalta) without tapering. That is when my withdrawal problems began. I experienced severe mood swings from rage to sadness. After 2 wks, it was so bad that I thought I was having a serious mental breakdown. If I hadn't turned to the internet and found others like me, I probably would have become suicidal. But, my psychiatrist had no idea that the Cymbalta needed to tapered because the drug companies say patients should be able to switch with no problems!!

If you are currently taking Cymbalta and still feeling bad, please consider the possibility that the Cymbalta could be making your underlying condition worse (like it has with many patients). If you decide to stop taking Cymbalta, please make sure you are informed about the extreme withdrawal effects before stopping the med. Cymbalta is a very powerful drug unlike any of the other anti-dep drugs on the market because Cymbalta is also prescribed as a pain management drug. Therefore, when you stop taking Cymbalta, it is like stopping a narcotic drug. Your body goes through withdrawal. Many doctors are still not aware of the severity of Cymbalta withdrawal, so make sure you educate yourself before stopping this drug!

There are many reports of suicidal thoughts and actual suicides while taking Cymbalta and/or when discontinuing Cymbalta...and not just in "young adults" as the label warns!! The manufacturer (Eli Lilly) and the FDA are not yet telling the whole story about the negative side effects from Cymbalta.

During my darkest hour of withdrawal, I found great support from other Cymbalta victims on another board dedicated solely to Cymbalta withdrawal.

If you are suffering from Cymbalta side effects or withdrawal, please do not give up hope...research Cymbalta Withdrawal on the internet and you will find information and support!!

YOU ARE NOT ALONE...and IT DOES GET BETTER!!

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As maintainin has said in another thread, Pristiq (desvelafaxine) is an active metabolite of Efexor (venlafaxine), not of Cymbalta (Duloxetine). It is not "a newer form of Cymbalta". Although Cymbalta and Efexor are in the same category of drugs (SNRIs), they do not exert their effects by the same mechanisms.

Thanks for the info. Both Cymbalta and Efexor have what are called "discontinuation adverse effects" and as you will see, there are several threads devoted to this topic in both rooms for people to take note of, if their doctors don't tell them about this. It IS mentioned in the package insert for Cymbalta, although the severity is minimised and you have to read all the small print to find it (right under the table of adverse effects). It's true that many docs and pdocs don't realise how severe this can be for some people.

But this doesn't negate the beneficial effects many folks have had from Cymbalta, and for that matter, Efexor.

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Effexor, Cymbalta and Pristiq are all in the same category of anti-depressants: serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI). All SNRI drugs are designed to treat depression by affecting the same chemical processes in the brain. The difference between them is that Effexor and Pristiq are manufactured by Wyeth and Cymbalta is manufactured by Eli Lilly. All three are very similar in negative side effects and withdrawal problems.

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I was prescribed Cymbalta a little over a year ago after an issue with affording Lexapro. My doc gave me samples of 60 mg Cymbal, which did help with my anxiety. However, I recently tapered off this drug, and the withdrawal symptoms have been terrible. I get the so-called "zaps" frequently, along with nausea, and a lack of concentration. This is not good for me because I have recently started a new job. Any suggestions for me as to how to ease these symptoms so I can get back to functioning normally? I need all the help I can get. Thank you!

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I was prescribed Cymbalta a little over a year ago after an issue with affording Lexapro. My doc gave me samples of 60 mg Cymbal, which did help with my anxiety. However, I recently tapered off this drug, and the withdrawal symptoms have been terrible. I get the so-called "zaps" frequently, along with nausea, and a lack of concentration. This is not good for me because I have recently started a new job. Any suggestions for me as to how to ease these symptoms so I can get back to functioning normally? I need all the help I can get. Thank you!

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I was switched from Zoloft to Cymbalta almost a year ago, 60mg a day. I noticed in late October that I started gaining weight, sweets started tasting SO good that I couldn't get enough. No biggie I thought, I have a high metabolism...apparently Cymbalta scoffs at a high metabolism. From October to January I continued my quest to eat all of the sweets in Anchorage and succeeded in gaining 25 lbs. After going to the local good will store and purchasing larger pants I deceided that it was time to stop eating cake, cookies, pudding and ice cream for every meal and loose this weight. Today is 05/18/12 and I haven't lost an ounce.

Lets back this train wreck up to early March when I crawled back into bed, if I wasn't at work I was in bed. I was a cranky, sleepy, non-sexual, non-functioning lump of s***....again...Oh and I carry a gun...how easy would it be to just use it. But the mess and my cats would miss me, the kids and my man would be fine since they have thumbs and slightly bigger brains so I know they wouldn't starve. This went on for another month and a half til I had a realization that Cymbalta was NOT working any longer for me..I started to have withdrawl symptoms while taking my 60mg dose. I did what I supposed to do, called my Dr. made an appt and at the appt he told me that it's not normal for Cymbalta to quit working for people...so here try this new script Viibryd. BUT only take 30mg of Cymbalta for 7 days and take 10mg of Viibryd for those 7 days, then we will up the Viibryd to 20mg. I have had ALL of the withdrawl symptoms you have read about, I've spoken to my Dr. and he suggested to take nothing...no Cymbalta, no Viibryd...cut it all out. And the best part of this nightmare is that he has NEVER seen anyone having withdrawl symptoms. I am officially his only patient to have WITHDRAWL symptoms.

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WowChickybaby,

I hope you are tapering all these meds. slowly and not going "cold turkey" regardless of what the Dr. says. I'm sorry it's been so difficult. do you plan to try any other medications to help with your condition?

Sincerely,

MaddieLouise

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