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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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jpnwdc

Struggle To Just Get Out Of Bed And Function

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Hi,

I am new to the forum. For the last two months I have had every possible medical test possible to try and find out why I am so fatigued. Nothing has been found. The next stop is a rheumatologist to check for possible fibromyalgia.

I have suffered for depression, anxiety, and sleep problems for years. However, it usually manifested itself in sadness but never these current physical effects I am having. I am so fatigued and feel like a zombie most of the time. The simplest tasks are major efforts. I experience an odd dizziness (not vertigo) sometimes and concentrating is difficult. Lately I struggle to just get out bed in the morning. There are times I feel like I have lead running through my veins and that gravity is pulling me down.

My doctor is trying a new med (Celexa) and I need to find a therapist. The therapist I had for 10 years died suddenly in January and I have not gone to another.

These symptoms are new and scary to me. Have others experienced this? I would love to hear from you.

Thank you.

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Hi and Welcome to DF jpnwdc

I am sorry that you are suffering so much.

I have Lupus, which is similar to Fibro.

Before I got diagnosed, I could barely get out of bed, was incredibly dizzy and could barely function, I also had weight loss and hair loss. It affected my nervous system as well. Once I was on the right meds, it got so much easier and I don't feel nearly as bad as what I used to.

I had been to countless doctors and none could figure out what was wrong with me.

I am glad that you are going to a Rheumatologist, as a diagnoses and the right meds make a huge difference.

Celexa works well with Fibro.

You may want to have a look in the Other Depression Related Illnesses Room, as there is a lot of info on Fibro in there. Also have a look in the Celexa Room.

Trace

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Hi JPN :hearts:

It's so frustrating to have this overwhelming tiredness isn't it? Mine is just related to my depression but yours does sound more severe. I hope you get some answers soon. I'm sure your mind will settle a bit when you get an answer. It's good the docs are working hard to find out what's going on.

Let us know how you get on.

PRT xx

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Hi jpnwdc,

Sounds like your tirdness is a physical problem like ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibro or related. ( Have those two in my family members) Mine is just depression related only. Hope you get well assessed and find the right treatment/meds.

Best Wishes

Jim Bow

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Greetings jpnwdc!!! (smiles and waves) :hearts: to DF!!!

Though going through all the tests that you have gone through may be frustrating, tiring, and feeling that you are a human guinea pig (this is how I was feeling when I had to go for a variety of tests and am once again starting to run another series), it is good that your doctor is being so thorough. (soft smile)

I too suffer from depression, anxiety and sleep problems. I now have an exhaustion that is very debilitating, and I really have to push myself to get things done. I thought it was depression related, and the doctor had given me an antidepresant that was to increase my energy level through the day. Some days, it is all I can do to crawl out of bed and make myself a cup of coffee. It takes a while for my head to defog in the morning. I have problems with memory, poor concentration, easily confused, dizziness, feeling that I will lose conciousness just from coughing (my blood pressure is fine), and when I do get out, walking half a block feels like I just ran a mile. When I drive, if it is for more than 20 minutes, my arms feel like I have been lifting heavy weights for over an hour. I have severe swelling of my feet and legs below my knees, which makes it very challenging to kneel down, get up from a low chair, and sometime to just get out of my car. Now my hands and arms are starting to do the same thing. So, the tests have started again. My blood work showed an extremely low haemoglobin. Dr said that it is lower than a woman who just gave birth to a child, and that will cause my fatigue. Now she just has to find out why.

Due to the symptoms you described as being new, I can understand how you may be scared. I would strongly recomment posting here as often as you are comfortable, and look around to see if there are other posts that you can relate to, or to give you more information. There are a lot of wonderful people here who are more than willing to offer you support as you walk your healing journey. (warm smile)

Hugs ~ Angel :flowers:

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Hi jpnwdc,

Sounds like your tirdness is a physical problem like ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibro or related. ( Have those two in my family members) Mine is just depression related only. Hope you get well assessed and find the right treatment/meds.

Best Wishes

Jim Bow

Hi. Do you experience the extreme fatigue with your depression?

Thanks.

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Greetings jpnwdc!!! (smiles and waves) :hearts: to DF!!!

Though going through all the tests that you have gone through may be frustrating, tiring, and feeling that you are a human guinea pig (this is how I was feeling when I had to go for a variety of tests and am once again starting to run another series), it is good that your doctor is being so thorough. (soft smile)

I too suffer from depression, anxiety and sleep problems. I now have an exhaustion that is very debilitating, and I really have to push myself to get things done. I thought it was depression related, and the doctor had given me an antidepresant that was to increase my energy level through the day. Some days, it is all I can do to crawl out of bed and make myself a cup of coffee. It takes a while for my head to defog in the morning. I have problems with memory, poor concentration, easily confused, dizziness, feeling that I will lose conciousness just from coughing (my blood pressure is fine), and when I do get out, walking half a block feels like I just ran a mile. When I drive, if it is for more than 20 minutes, my arms feel like I have been lifting heavy weights for over an hour. I have severe swelling of my feet and legs below my knees, which makes it very challenging to kneel down, get up from a low chair, and sometime to just get out of my car. Now my hands and arms are starting to do the same thing. So, the tests have started again. My blood work showed an extremely low haemoglobin. Dr said that it is lower than a woman who just gave birth to a child, and that will cause my fatigue. Now she just has to find out why.

Due to the symptoms you described as being new, I can understand how you may be scared. I would strongly recomment posting here as often as you are comfortable, and look around to see if there are other posts that you can relate to, or to give you more information. There are a lot of wonderful people here who are more than willing to offer you support as you walk your healing journey. (warm smile)

Hugs ~ Angel :flowers:

Hi,

Thanks for your post. Sorry you struggle so much with the fatigue. My biggest battle of the day is getting out of bed. I wish I could sleep better as I think it would help.

What medications do you take?

Thanks.

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What medications do you take?

Thanks.

Greetings jpnwdc!! I am on meds for diabetes, high blood pressure, high chloresterol, gastro reflux caused by a hiatus hernia, and meds for depression, anxiety and sleep. The later ones include Zopiclone, Citalopram, Trazodone, and Wellbutrin.

Hugs ~ Angel :hearts:

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What medications do you take?

Thanks.

Greetings jpnwdc!! I am on meds for diabetes, high blood pressure, high chloresterol, gastro reflux caused by a hiatus hernia, and meds for depression, anxiety and sleep. The later ones include Zopiclone, Citalopram, Trazodone, and Wellbutrin.

Hugs ~ Angel :hearts:

Hi. Looks like we have something in common with the Celexa! I have been on it (20mg) for a week now. What time of day do you take it? I take it before bed, but I am wondering if it might be contributing to my sleep problems. The doctor said it is somewhat sedating. I take an Ambien at bedtime, but I am now waking up after it wears off. What fun. I am like a zombie. :flowers:

jpnwdc

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Depersonalization is when you feel like you are in a dream, or movie....removed from your surroundings or self.

It's a troubling feeling that can come along with depression and anxiety. Some people experience it fleetingly and some are stuck with it for years and years.

Alex

Alex,

What I experienced is similar to how you defined depersonalization. I had a bad episode in May where I had to leave a birthday brunch because I had what I thought was dizziness. However it was different from vertigo or common lightheadedness. I have had a hard time describing it to others, and like you, I ended up having a brain MRI (which didn't show anything bad). Did your anxiety cause any other physical symptoms?

John

John...

I think most if not all of my symptoms started with anxiety and led to depression. I have always been a "worrier", I was born that way. Anxiety can cause depression.

When I was about 14 my mother died of cancer and naturally I became depressed. My world turned up side down. Mix in anxiety and it caused physical symptoms. One of these, even way back then was the odd off balance feeling, follows by depersonalization(actually derealization). I lived in this dream world in which I thought I was going crazy.

I have had depersonalization off and on over the years and it seems to now be out of my life. I am on the higher end when it comes to anxiety, but I would not say over the top, its the depression(dysthymia), that I have had for a very very long time. Given the choice between depersonalization and depression, I would opt for depression.

Search on Amazon for depersonalization. There is also stuff on the internet.

Depersonalization is difficult to describe.

I hope I am not making you feel worse.

Alex

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Hi there,

I am new to the forum as well. I definitely have the same problem you do and struggle to get out of bed in the mornings. You're not alone. Currently, I'm working on ways to try and help people like us with this issue. While we try to find out what exactly is wrong with us, we still need to get out of bed in the morning and function even though it seems impossible on most days.

So I need your help if you don't mind. I need to know your thoughts on this as well. When you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning and you just want to sleep all day (which is basically my every morning) do you still WANT to get out of bed but just feel like you can't? I have a job and I need to get out of bed so I often have to make sure someone checks on me to see if I've gotten up to my alarm or not. I am looking into ways that will help us get out of bed but i need to know if others feel the same way.

Would you be interested in something that helps you physically get out of bed? I know it doesn't solve how we FEEL but it would at least help us get out of bed and start the day which is pretty necessary until we get other help.

Please don't feel alone in all of this. You WILL find out what's wrong, people do want to help, and many people are going through exactly what you are. Keep fighting and looking for help because when we find it, I just know life will feel so much more amazing...as it should.

Thanks.

Hi,

I am new to the forum. For the last two months I have had every possible medical test possible to try and find out why I am so fatigued. Nothing has been found. The next stop is a rheumatologist to check for possible fibromyalgia.

I have suffered for depression, anxiety, and sleep problems for years. However, it usually manifested itself in sadness but never these current physical effects I am having. I am so fatigued and feel like a zombie most of the time. The simplest tasks are major efforts. I experience an odd dizziness (not vertigo) sometimes and concentrating is difficult. Lately I struggle to just get out bed in the morning. There are times I feel like I have lead running through my veins and that gravity is pulling me down.

My doctor is trying a new med (Celexa) and I need to find a therapist. The therapist I had for 10 years died suddenly in January and I have not gone to another.

These symptoms are new and scary to me. Have others experienced this? I would love to hear from you.

Thank you.

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