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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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Accidentally Doubled Celexa Dose - What Do I Do?

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Yikes. So I took my usual 20 mg this morning, didn't remember that I took it and took a second dose at 2 PM. Starting about 4 I began feeling agitated - realized I must have taken two doses. Now I feel like I am crawling out of my skin, major anxiety, can't imagine I will sleep much tonight. Does anyone know how long this feeling will last? Should I skip my dose tomorrow? I just want to kick myself for doing this! Ugh.

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Yikes. So I took my usual 20 mg this morning, didn't remember that I took it and took a second dose at 2 PM. Starting about 4 I began feeling agitated - realized I must have taken two doses. Now I feel like I am crawling out of my skin, major anxiety, can't imagine I will sleep much tonight. Does anyone know how long this feeling will last? Should I skip my dose tomorrow? I just want to kick myself for doing this! Ugh.

do you have any benso, like xanax or aditivan if you do take one of those and it should calm you down....if you are really worried call the number at the top of the screen and they sould know what to do

Alot of people are on 40 mgs or even 60mgs so i would worry to much...but call a hotline to be sure...or the drug store if it is 24 hr

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Yikes. So I took my usual 20 mg this morning, didn't remember that I took it and took a second dose at 2 PM. Starting about 4 I began feeling agitated - realized I must have taken two doses. Now I feel like I am crawling out of my skin, major anxiety, can't imagine I will sleep much tonight. Does anyone know how long this feeling will last? Should I skip my dose tomorrow? I just want to kick myself for doing this! Ugh.

I understand that you're feeling terrible, I can relate. 40mg isn't going to physically harm you. If your prescriber has an after-hours contact number, now would be a good time to use it. lonleysindy's suggestions of using a benzo or other anti-anxiety drug might not be a bad idea. If you don't have an after-hours / emergency contact number, calling the hotline at the top of the screen is a good start.

Regarding skipping your dose tomorrow, if it were me, I would not except under advise from my prescriber or pharmacist. That's just me, and it certainly isn't medical advice.

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Yikes. So I took my usual 20 mg this morning, didn't remember that I took it and took a second dose at 2 PM. Starting about 4 I began feeling agitated - realized I must have taken two doses. Now I feel like I am crawling out of my skin, major anxiety, can't imagine I will sleep much tonight. Does anyone know how long this feeling will last? Should I skip my dose tomorrow? I just want to kick myself for doing this! Ugh.

I understand that you're feeling terrible, I can relate. 40mg isn't going to physically harm you. If your prescriber has an after-hours contact number, now would be a good time to use it. lonleysindy's suggestions of using a benzo or other anti-anxiety drug might not be a bad idea. If you don't have an after-hours / emergency contact number, calling the hotline at the top of the screen is a good start.

Regarding skipping your dose tomorrow, if it were me, I would not except under advise from my prescriber or pharmacist. That's just me, and it certainly isn't medical advice.

Thanks. I called the advice nurse who has calmed me down -- I know 40 mg isn't a toxic dose or anything, but just wondering when the feeling of anxiety is going to lighten. I took my usual dose of trazodone, who knows if I will sleep tonight. Good thing it's the weekend, right? I forgot to ask about taking the regular dose tomorrow, I will call in the morning. I am tired of thinking, my mind is racing!

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Thanks. I called the advice nurse who has calmed me down -- I know 40 mg isn't a toxic dose or anything, but just wondering when the feeling of anxiety is going to lighten. I took my usual dose of trazodone, who knows if I will sleep tonight. Good thing it's the weekend, right? I forgot to ask about taking the regular dose tomorrow, I will call in the morning. I am tired of thinking, my mind is racing!

I can't tell you when it will pass... but it will.

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Generally there are directions on the sheet included with your prescription for what to do if you miss a dose. (All of mine say just take the regular dose the next day.) If you don't have the paper, you can find it online, at the pharmaceutical company's website.

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Hi,

With just one additional dose the effects will wear off quickly. If you really are worried ring your doctor or go to A&E.

Best Wishes

Jim Bow

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Hi,

With just one additional dose the effects will wear off quickly. If you really are worried ring your doctor or go to A&E.

Best Wishes

Jim Bow

Thanks guys, I called the advice nurse for my insurance co. and all is fine...although I had some trouble sleeping, but not like I thought I would. Getting a pill container today so this does not happen again!

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