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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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Generic Lamotrigine

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I know people wrote about going from brand name to generic Lamotrigine a while ago but I need to raise it again. I've been on generic (bottle says Teva) and doing okay. I really didn't spend long on name brand so I've no idea if there would have been a difference. Anyway, the pharmacy is now getting a different generic (round instead of diamond shaped but no idea who produces it) and I think I'm not doing well on it. Trying to figure out if it's actually the medication or something else but I seem to be depressed, and depressed in a different way than I'm used to, since taking it. Also a few more ups and downs than I'm used to which I'm afraid doesn't bode well.

I'm wondering if anyone has done well on one generic form and had difficulty with another?

I'm going to look into how and if my insurance deals with moving back to name brand. I'd be perfectly happy on the other generic but I can't find it and even if I do there's no guarantee the pharmacy will continue to get it.

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I've been on Lamictal for a few years and last year I tried switching over to the generic brand to save money (I made the change with my pharmacist and not my psychiatrist). Long story short I wound up very ill physically and mentally. The amounts of active ingredients in a generic pill can vary from pill to pill and most definitely varies from batch to batch up to +/- 20%. The "fill" or "binders" in the pills differ as well. Taking generic medication is a gigantic risk that many do not know they are taking, I would strongly advice against it.

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I've been wondering about Lamictal vs. generic as well. When my pdoc first started me on Lamictal, she gave me a starter pack that lasted about 6 weeks. After that, I've been getting the generic b/c of the cost. When I first started on Lamictal, I felt so much better. But, I noticed a change after I switched to the generic but I don't know if it b/c of the med or outside forces. :shocked: But, there is no way I can afford Lamictal.

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Hi all, The information that I could find says that the difference is changes in inactive ingredients (fillers). The generic forum is the first drug since lithium to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of Bipolar Disorder I. All risks and side effects are the same as for Lamical. Any different side effects such as increased nausea could be the result of the filler agent such as a change from cellulose or the colorings.

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I tried the generic Lamictal and had a bad reaction to it; didn't like it at all. Again, the inactive components are the issue and those are generally the portions of the medication that regulates how quickly the medication gets into your system. With the generic Lamictal, I felt like it was getting into my system too fast; I would get a little hypomanic and agitated and then a few hours later, I would be depressed. I had the same problems with generic Celexa when I was on it; big difference between the two for me.

But, then again, I am really sensitive to medications. I have to make sure I take my Lamictal every day at the same time, if I don't, I pay for it. I took a dose about 8 hours later than I normally would one day, got back on track the next morning, turned into a zombie for 4 hours and then crashed hard.

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