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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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The Longest You've Had Brain Zaps After Discontinuing An Ssri?

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Hi there,

this is really a question about any anti depressant discontinuation, though I happened to be on Prozac this time and I know it has a longer half life. Still, after 3 weeks it should all be out of my system... right?

In general I'm fine (to anyone on here who is considering Prozac - for me it was well worth it no matter how this works out), but every morning I have brain zaps when I get up, sometimes when I move my eyes, etc. It decreases throughout the day, but from day to day it hasn't really decreased since I first went off it.

So I'm wondering if anyone experienced brain zaps for weeks or months after discontinuing but eventually had them stop, or at least decrease? Anyone? :shocked:

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HI and welcome to the DF.

I wish I could speak to your worries about stopping an SSRI but, I've not had that experience. Of course, the best person to ask would be your doctor or maybe, your pharmacist would have some knowledge?

I imagine there'll be some people who share your experience and who will post a response.

Try not to worry too much and let your doctor be your main guide.

Hugs,

Aerial :shocked:

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Hearofglass-

When I discontinued Paxil, I continued to have "zaps" for several weeks. According to some(including me) Paxil discontinuation can one of the most difficult, with some lasting SEs. I don't even recall when they stopped. They just did. Remeber, the brain is a very complex thing, and each of us are different. At this time I don't think I'd be particularly concern. However, don't rule out contacting your pdoc if this SE lasts much longer. Back when I was experiencing the "zaps" my pdoc looked at me reather pecularly as my report was the first he'd ever heard of them.

Did you move on to another SSRI??....Just curious.

Warmest Regards,

Deepster

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I have stopped prozac and I am having these tingling burning sensation on the side of my head...is that a type of brain zap?

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android90-

Can't say that was my experience. The only way I can define it is that it's like a shot of electricity shooting from one side of the brain to the other side. Nothing was "external".

Just my experience.

Don't hesitate to contact your MH professional about what you are experiencing.

Warmest Regards,

Deepster

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Hi there,

this is really a question about any anti depressant discontinuation, though I happened to be on Prozac this time and I know it has a longer half life. Still, after 3 weeks it should all be out of my system... right?

In general I'm fine (to anyone on here who is considering Prozac - for me it was well worth it no matter how this works out), but every morning I have brain zaps when I get up, sometimes when I move my eyes, etc. It decreases throughout the day, but from day to day it hasn't really decreased since I first went off it.

So I'm wondering if anyone experienced brain zaps for weeks or months after discontinuing but eventually had them stop, or at least decrease? Anyone? :shocked:

When I stopped prozac, the zaps went away after 5 weeks. The zaps wouldn't stop if you could somehow suck all the prozac out of your system. It has to do with the changes that the prozac caused and your nervous system adapting again.

I think they should be gone soon.

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Thanks for the welcome and everyone for responding. (And anyone else who has experience with this, feel free to keep posting...)

I'll talk to my doctor. I just don't know if he'll be able to tell me very much about this one, it seems so poorly understood and studied. I didn't move on to another medication, I just tapered for a bit and then quit it.

So far it's been a good reminder of why I went on it in the first place...

One interesting thing is how I thought the side effects would be the worst in the first week or two, and I did get more emotional, I cried which I rarely do and I thought, awesome, I'm feeling more, just like I was hoping I might. And then as the weeks have past the real trouble has started - whether it's side effects still, or just plain me sans chemical booster - and I'm obsessive and avoidant and everything but emotional. I have a new boyfriend I thought I might have better sex with without the sexual side effects, and I rarely want to even see him now because I just want to sit in my room looking at designer jeans on ebay for 24 hours straight. (I barely even care about clothes normally, it was just my latest obsession...) Very sexy.

But now reading on this forum, that all makes some of sense. These forums are SO important, so thanks everyone who is posting here.

Ribosome77, I'm trying to think about it that way - that my nervous system is adjusting, that it will probably adjust at some point to at least quit it with the zaps.

I'm curious why you think that's what is happening though? It sounds right to me but I have been unable to find any real info on what exactly these things might be. Or possibly I've been a lazy reader.

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I had Zaps for about a month after stopping Effexor - but EFX is notorious for absolutely terrible discontinuation symptoms.

I'm surprised you got them from Prozac. Long half life meds for me have been easier to discontinue however i would still recommend a slow discontinuation.

I wouldn't worry, they will go.

OT

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Mine lasted up to almost a year after stopping Paxil. That "jolt" feeling is by far the worst thing I've ever experienced, physically.

Hang tight, they will subside.

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Thanks again everyone who replied. I just wanted to add that maybe a week after I posted this - so six weeks after discontinuing - I pretty much stopped having the "zaps". In case anyone with similar issues reads this when they're discontinuing.

Now I only have it occasionally in the mornings when I'm particularly sleep deprived. (Which is making me wonder if it's truly zaps or some other sensation - it's just that I don't ever remember feeling it until I was on Lexapro five years ago, and I can't describe it any other way, and I'll feel it when I move my eyes or stand up, which sounds a lot like "it".)

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I've been off of fluoxetine completely for about 6 weeks and have had shocks or zap sensations ever since starting to reduce my dosage. For me the sensation is like a momentary feeling of faintness, or being zapped, with a palpable sensation in my face and hands, sometimes feet. It makes me feel weak and not energetic at all. I think everyone who's posted here is experiencing something like it. At best it's a nuisance and at worst I become completely non-functioning, just trying to cope.

I hope everyone's right in saying they go away eventually. I would do anything to get rid of it. It may be worse than the feeling I was trying to cure with the drug to begin with.

My doc unfortunately seems unfamiliar with it and is trying to get me to do a cardiac workup - guess he's trying to rule out high risk issues.

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