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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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SerenityForever

Lexapro And Abilify ???

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I have been feeling that the Lexapro (have been on it 3 yrs) isnt working as well as it had been but I have been having some issues going on in my life also although I have felt the same way off and on about the Lexapro even before then. I get extreme anxiety though when they want to change my anti-depressant cause I have had some bad experiences with a few of the other anti-depressants. I have been on anti-depressants for 25 yrs or more along with anti-anxiety meds. A very dear friend of mine told me about "Abilify" and that it was added sometimes to the anti-depressant that you are already on. I suffer from severe depression only. I was wondering if anyone has added Abilify to Lexapro and what there experiences were on both???? :hearts:

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I am also curious to know if anyone is on Lexapro and Abilify.

I am on Lexapro 40mg and it is starting to "poop out" on me. I am also extremely tired all of the time and have no motivation. The PDoc put me on Wellbutrin but it made my anxiety attacks and feelings of "depersonalization" come back full force, so I was taken off Wellbutrin.

Is Abilify an option for me?

Thanks to anyone that can give their details on these 2 meds together. :hearts:

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kristenpa,

Yes I am on Lexapro 20mg. My primary dr. was out for a week so I saw a nurse practioner and she added the Wellbutrin to mine also. The same exact thing happened to me on the Wellbutrin and after 3 days I called my pharmacist (cause it was after hours) and asked if I could just stop taking the Wellbutrin cause I was feeling very strange and spacey along with the depersonalization that you mentioned. My pharmacist said it was alright to stop it being I was only on it the 3 days. So now I have an appt. with a physchatrist on Thursday and wondering what he will do. I definetly need something added or changed and I mean now (lol although its not funny). It seems I have read alot of good things about the "Abilify" so I will either ask him about it or see what he comes up with. I will let you know what happens and let me know also what your Dr. decides for you in your case although I feel we are both in the same boat. Good Luck to you ! Hopefully someone who is already on both can tell us some good things even though we know everyone reacts differently to each med.

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kristenpa,

Well I went to the physchiatrist and somehow forgot to even bring up Abilify. I think being the Wellbutrin didnt work after being added on I was kinda afraid to try something new. I told him in the past that Prozac and Paxil had worked well for me for many years at different times but now the Lexapro was doing the same thing as now. (fizzling out on me) I asked him if being I hadnt been on either one of those for years would they possibly start working again. He said yes !! So the way he is weaning me off of the Lexapro plus starting the Prozac again is to start taking 10 mg. (was on 20mg) of the Lexapro and start the 20 mg. of Prozac at the same time. I will take the 10 mg. of Lexapro for 2 weeks then stop that and continue with just the Prozac. I asked him if that would be to much of both in my system at the same time and he said no. So I start that tonight ! Wish me luck. How are you doing and what have you decided to do???

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Glad things worked out for you, SerenityForever.

kristenpa: I'm on both Lexapro and Abilify, but I take Abilify not exactly as a supplement for my anti-depressant but more to help stabilize my moods. I would say, though, that using Abilify, which is not an AD, to replace a pooping-out AD doesn't sound like a good idea. My Zoloft recently pooped out and all the Abilify in the world couldn't save me (although they kept raising my dosage). Only getting on a new AD--Lexapro--helped. Of course, you want to talk to your pdoc about this but that's just my two cents.

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