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      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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Darly

Strange (side?) Effect Of Wellbutrin (please Help)

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I've been dealing with depression, anxiety, and ADD for a couple of years now. About a week and a half ago, I started taking Wellbutrin. These past couple days, it's been giving be a very strange feeling. I've been searching the net to see if anyone else has gotten this feeling, and couldn't find anyone. It's hard to describe but I'll do my best: it feels like my mind is battling with itself. I'll have a thought or a feeling, and then I can suddenly, very abruptly, feel it dissipate, and then "attempt" to return, like part of me wants to feel it, and part of me doesn't. If I start to get annoyed or anxious about all these goings-on in my head, then that anxiety too will follow the same pattern and sort of fight for a place in my head. It seems to happen more with negative thoughts and feelings, but not exclusively. I literally didn't feel like myself today; I could barely talk to people. It's one of the more frustrating and disturbing things I've felt.

Does this sound like the effect Wellbutrin is supposed to have? If somebody could describe, very specifically, the feeling they get from Wellbutrin, and how it makes them happier, that would be a major help. Does it feel like you can better manage your thoughts and feelings, or that some of them are being repressed? I hope what I'm feeling is not the intended effect, because if it is I have to get off of this drug immediately.

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I've been dealing with depression, anxiety, and ADD for a couple of years now. About a week and a half ago, I started taking Wellbutrin. These past couple days, it's been giving be a very strange feeling. I've been searching the net to see if anyone else has gotten this feeling, and couldn't find anyone. It's hard to describe but I'll do my best: it feels like my mind is battling with itself. I'll have a thought or a feeling, and then I can suddenly, very abruptly, feel it dissipate, and then "attempt" to return, like part of me wants to feel it, and part of me doesn't. If I start to get annoyed or anxious about all these goings-on in my head, then that anxiety too will follow the same pattern and sort of fight for a place in my head. It seems to happen more with negative thoughts and feelings, but not exclusively. I literally didn't feel like myself today; I could barely talk to people. It's one of the more frustrating and disturbing things I've felt.

Does this sound like the effect Wellbutrin is supposed to have? If somebody could describe, very specifically, the feeling they get from Wellbutrin, and how it makes them happier, that would be a major help. Does it feel like you can better manage your thoughts and feelings, or that some of them are being repressed? I hope what I'm feeling is not the intended effect, because if it is I have to get off of this drug immediately.

Well, firstly, is this the first psychiatric-prescribed drug that you've tried? They'll be more responses from others, but it's the weekend and may be a bit longer.

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I've been dealing with depression, anxiety, and ADD for a couple of years now. About a week and a half ago, I started taking Wellbutrin. These past couple days, it's been giving be a very strange feeling. I've been searching the net to see if anyone else has gotten this feeling, and couldn't find anyone. It's hard to describe but I'll do my best: it feels like my mind is battling with itself. I'll have a thought or a feeling, and then I can suddenly, very abruptly, feel it dissipate, and then "attempt" to return, like part of me wants to feel it, and part of me doesn't. If I start to get annoyed or anxious about all these goings-on in my head, then that anxiety too will follow the same pattern and sort of fight for a place in my head. It seems to happen more with negative thoughts and feelings, but not exclusively. I literally didn't feel like myself today; I could barely talk to people. It's one of the more frustrating and disturbing things I've felt.

Does this sound like the effect Wellbutrin is supposed to have? If somebody could describe, very specifically, the feeling they get from Wellbutrin, and how it makes them happier, that would be a major help. Does it feel like you can better manage your thoughts and feelings, or that some of them are being repressed? I hope what I'm feeling is not the intended effect, because if it is I have to get off of this drug immediately.

Well, firstly, is this the first psychiatric-prescribed drug that you've tried? They'll be more responses from others, but it's the weekend and may be a bit longer.

Yea this is the first.

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Hi, Darly :)

I live with major depression, recurrent, bipolar II, and anxiety and was first diagnosed for the depression 17 years ago and have been on many, many of the major psych meds for those particular diagnoses over the years.

The main thing to keep in mind with psych meds is that different people can have different reactions to the same med. It took a year working with my psychiatrist to find the right combination of meds, in the right dosage to treat the depression but not have overwhelming side effects. Unfortunately there is no test like there is for, say, diabetes, so especially at first it can be a bit of trial and error. Don't let me say it took a year to settle into the right meds for me, most of the year was fine-tuning and then I was on those two meds for 15 years with barely any symptoms. The other thing I wanted to impress is that being patient and willing to try different meds if the first one, or two, or three don't work, don't give up. And of course work closely with your Dr.

Now to answer your question specifically - I went on Wellbutrin the first time about 4 years ago and had the strangest side effect I've ever experienced on meds. It sounds a bit like yours, not exactly, but maybe similar as it *is* hard to explain. Another woman on a psych forum started WB at the same time and we were both going through the same thing. Mine felt like my brain was like floating inside my skull. If I moved my head to the side, it felt like it took a few seconds for my brain to follow. I also could not get my words out. It was so frustrating. I knew what I wanted to say, but they wouldn't form into words.

After about six months or so I went off WB because at the time it was an adjunct to my regular meds. I went back on WB about...hmmm...maybe 6 months ago. I was prepared for that weird feeling in my head again because it did eventually go away the first time and I felt better. This time I didn't get the brain-in-skull thing, but I still have a bit of trouble remembering things and what the word for something is. It's getting better but I am experiencing that as well.

Hope that helped a bit. You've come to a great forum for support. :)

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Thanks for the info. Well, the update is that the weird thought-effect has stopped. However (and this is a pretty big however), last night when I laid down to go to sleep I felt my heart start to palpitate, and felt this tension in my chest. Also I started getting some brutal stomach pains. I got up to shower, through up a few times, and long story short, I was up the entire night (literally no sleep). The doc gave me some lorazapam today that seems to be doing to trick, so tonight I should be fine.

So the question then is, do I continue with my friend and foe Wellbutrin or not? Obviously I'll talk about it with my psychiatrist, but I'm really startin to think these side effects are a bit too much.

One more thing, I'm still looking for a clear description of what it "feels like" to be on buproprion when it's working. Does it change the way you think? Give you certain thoughts? Suppress certain thoughts of feelings? Affect your mood? etc. Thanks

ps this was writton on lorazapam, so sorry if theres some typos

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Sorry to hear you had such a bad night, Darly. No fun at all. Glad to hear you're feeling better now though.

Glad to provide any info that I've gathered through my experience. :) However, it is just what I experienced; your experience could be entirely different and different from the next person, etc. For example, I've seen many, many posts by people who say that one of the meds I've been on for 17 years (not WB) makes them violently ill. More people (at least on forums) report that as a side effect than not; however, I have never had any problem with it whatsoever.

As for staying on the med or not, that is a discussion between you and your Dr. One thing I do recommend is to become as knowledgeable about one's meds as possible. Reading and sharing on these forums is a great start; internet research; ask your Dr. any and all questions you have (since I just have 15 minutes when I see my Dr., I think about what I most want to ask or report before I go, then write those points down to take with me so I don't forget them), etc.

Most psych meds take approximately 4-6 weeks before a person can tell if they're working or not. There is an interesting point about WB, though. Meds fall into categories. SSRI is a category for instance. WB is different in that it's kind of its own special category and, from my experience and what I've read from others, it seems to begin to work a bit faster.

As far as what it feels like to be on an antidepressant, for me, when they work, I feel like my "normal" self - not the lethargic, constantly crying person I become when in a depressive episode. For the majority of my time...which has been fairly lengthy...on psych meds, they became a daily part of my routine: eat breakfast, take my vitamins, take my meds, go to work, etc. They are not meant to change one's personality. I want to keep adding the caveat, though, that I am speaking totally from my experience. :)

I remember how overwhelming all this was for me when I first went on antidepressants. Just keep a good communication going with your Dr. and ask, ask, ask questions.

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Thanks for the info. Well, the update is that the weird thought-effect has stopped. However (and this is a pretty big however), last night when I laid down to go to sleep I felt my heart start to palpitate, and felt this tension in my chest. Also I started getting some brutal stomach pains. I got up to shower, through up a few times, and long story short, I was up the entire night (literally no sleep). The doc gave me some lorazapam today that seems to be doing to trick, so tonight I should be fine.

So the question then is, do I continue with my friend and foe Wellbutrin or not? Obviously I'll talk about it with my psychiatrist, but I'm really startin to think these side effects are a bit too much.

One more thing, I'm still looking for a clear description of what it "feels like" to be on buproprion when it's working. Does it change the way you think? Give you certain thoughts? Suppress certain thoughts of feelings? Affect your mood? etc. Thanks

ps this was writton on lorazapam, so sorry if theres some typos

The brutal stomach pains aren't a common side effect - probably from something else if it's not daily. If they are daily obviously check it out. I've no experience with WB, but have a friend that is on it. Seems to give them more energy and gets them motivated. I think compared with the other anti-depressants it would probably be a more stimulating med. But this is just my second hand opinion. Seems to make people sleep less too. Also supposed to not affect weight and sex drive compared with other meds.

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I hope I can Help, Im 16 days into taking WB. The First week I had the worst anxiety i have ever felt. Thoughts were racing inside my head as though I was battling myself, I could not concentrate on anything. I could not complete or resolve any thought I had. It was a scrambled mess inside my head. At the same time I was experiencing a lot of vertigo my balance was off and very light headed. I called in sick to work and rode it out. I was warned it would get worse before it would get better. So I believed. after 10 days things became a little clearer a little each day. Im not there yet but I feel as though im on the right track now. Hang in there if you can. good luck. And always let your doctor know whats happening It helps them help you.

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