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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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Blue Butterfly

What's The Best Antidepressant For Anxiety?

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I've been suffering from severe anxiety and panic attacks for the past few months and nothing seems to be helping. I've been on Lexapro and that only made me so much worse, unfortunately after braving it for 4 weeks my doc changed me to Celexa. I have been on it for 2 weeks so far and i'm feeling awful! My anxiety is so bad i've been trying to convince my doc to give me more Ativan and he doesn't want to. I've felt so suicidal i have considered going to hospital but i can't really afford that. I have been on so many antidepressants over the last 6 years that now i have reached a dead end. I have been on Celexa before but didn't have any horrible side-effects. I am worried i'll have to change again so i would really like to know what antidepressant helped the most with your anxiety? Please help, i am desperate!!!

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I've been suffering from severe anxiety and panic attacks for the past few months and nothing seems to be helping. I've been on Lexapro and that only made me so much worse, unfortunately after braving it for 4 weeks my doc changed me to Celexa. I have been on it for 2 weeks so far and i'm feeling awful! My anxiety is so bad i've been trying to convince my doc to give me more Ativan and he doesn't want to. I've felt so suicidal i have considered going to hospital but i can't really afford that. I have been on so many antidepressants over the last 6 years that now i have reached a dead end. I have been on Celexa before but didn't have any horrible side-effects. I am worried i'll have to change again so i would really like to know what antidepressant helped the most with your anxiety? Please help, i am desperate!!!

:hearts: Blue Butterfly

I am so sorry about your anxiety and panick attacks. I totally understand how you feel.

As for the AD, each person is different and what works for one might not work for another so we cant tell you which AD would be best for you specifically.

Can I ask you which meds you have been on the last 6 years?

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Joyce

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Hi Blue Butterfly,

Although Celexa does worsen your anxiety in the initial weeks, you should find that when you're used to it, it actually controls it pretty well. Apparently it is one of the best SSRIs for anxiety. It worked well with me anyway and I got some terrible panic attacks in the first couple of weeks. Stick it out a while longer and maybe do some relaxation exercises in the meantime xxx

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From pretty much everything I've seen both Lexapro and Zoloft come highly recommended for anxiety.

My wife takes Lexapro and I take Zoloft. Both of us have seen a dramatic decrease in our anxiety. I've not had to use any Xanax in about 3 weeks now and my wife takes hers only as needed and she's been able to go longer and longer between needing it too. So far so good for both of us really.

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I've been suffering from severe anxiety and panic attacks for the past few months and nothing seems to be helping. I've been on Lexapro and that only made me so much worse, unfortunately after braving it for 4 weeks my doc changed me to Celexa. I have been on it for 2 weeks so far and i'm feeling awful! My anxiety is so bad i've been trying to convince my doc to give me more Ativan and he doesn't want to. I've felt so suicidal i have considered going to hospital but i can't really afford that. I have been on so many antidepressants over the last 6 years that now i have reached a dead end. I have been on Celexa before but didn't have any horrible side-effects. I am worried i'll have to change again so i would really like to know what antidepressant helped the most with your anxiety? Please help, i am desperate!!!

Prozac worked for me, but it didn't happen right away. I'd say it was about 6-8 months before my anxiety went away. I'm guessing it would normally work faster, but I've been in an extremely stressful living situation that aggravated my anxiety in a huge way. It's really helped me to feel overall calmer and not get worked up into a panic or anxiety attack over things that bothered me before. I don't have any side effects either which is a huge relief. I tried Zoloft once for a short time, but it made me more anxious, made my thinking foggy and bothered my stomach. I like Prozac much better!

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Lexapro has worked for me but it has taken several weeks to do so.

I also had very good luck with Paxil but it "pooped out" after 5 years.

Good luck. :hearts:

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Try another SSRI or something milder like buspar or a Benzodiazepine

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Try another SSRI or something milder like buspar or a Benzodiazepine

My x wife has been taking Klonapin for years and she said it works really well. I have taken xanax for short periods of time but don't know much about tohers, prozac did work for me for a while, it helped me sleep through the night with the depression

Boldman

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you may want to discuss with your doctor adding an Anti-anxiety medication to your Anti-depressant. Docs often use drugs together.

Also, you should ask your Pharmacist what he/she thinks, especially if you use the same one all the time and for a long time. They often know a lot more about the meds we take than our docs do, and most of us don't ask them more than "how are you today?".

So in short, if I was you, I would I ask my Pharmacist for advice and information, and take that with me to my next docs appointment and discuss it with him/her.

Between now and then, breathe deeply and slowly. We are here for you.

bec

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I have tried many antidepressants including the on's quoted and haven't found a match yet. I have been taking these types of meds for 16years. I am still struggling to find a match for me. But from what I hear, it's a personal experiment. I hope they develop more meds, so I can continue on a the search. Good luck with yours!

From pretty much everything I've seen both Lexapro and Zoloft come highly recommended for anxiety.

My wife takes Lexapro and I take Zoloft. Both of us have seen a dramatic decrease in our anxiety. I've not had to use any Xanax in about 3 weeks now and my wife takes hers only as needed and she's been able to go longer and longer between needing it too. So far so good for both of us really.

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I've been suffering from severe anxiety and panic attacks for the past few months and nothing seems to be helping. I've been on Lexapro and that only made me so much worse, unfortunately after braving it for 4 weeks my doc changed me to Celexa. I have been on it for 2 weeks so far and i'm feeling awful! My anxiety is so bad i've been trying to convince my doc to give me more Ativan and he doesn't want to. I've felt so suicidal i have considered going to hospital but i can't really afford that. I have been on so many antidepressants over the last 6 years that now i have reached a dead end. I have been on Celexa before but didn't have any horrible side-effects. I am worried i'll have to change again so i would really like to know what antidepressant helped the most with your anxiety? Please help, i am desperate!!!

Look around on the web about mood stabilizers such as Depakote. They are used in Seizure disorders, but have been found to really knock out depression and anxiety.

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Blue Butterfly,

I cant tell which med is best for you but the most recommended ADs for anxiety disorders are effexor and pristiq, cymbalta and zoloft. Also when you start a new AD it is recommended to add an anti anxiety for those suffering from anxiety disorders until the AD kicks in. Its usually a month or two as benzos are considered addictive. But that would be another debate.

Hope it helps

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Joyce

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