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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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ppge4

Prozac Vs Lexapro

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Hi everyone,

I've been doing some research on Lexapro and Prozac and I've heard great things about both. Is there one that is "better" to try first? Is there a difference between going from Lexapro-->Prozac vs Prozac-->Lexapro if I have to make the switch?

By the way, I've been on 150mg of Wellbutrin for about 8 months now. It has worked to some degree, but I'm still experiencing depressive symptoms. Daily fatigue has always been a big issue with me. Thanks!

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Hi ppge4 and Welcome to DF,

Both Prozac and Lexapro are effective SSRI medications and it is difficult to say which one is better than the other as it very much and individual response to either.

Like any medication it take people time to see if it is going to be effective for them , so if you do decide to switch from Wellbutrin it would take a while before either medication would prove to be as effective or not.

Have you considered asking your Doctor to review your Wellbutrin and perhaps increase it a little to see if that makes a difference.

Best Wishes

Jim Bow

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Thanks for the reply.

My doc wants to add an SSRI in addition to the wellbutrin and just keep both at relatively low doses. I'm tempted to try Lexapro first, because I hear there are less side effects (i.e. fatigue).

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Thanks for the reply.

My doc wants to add an SSRI in addition to the wellbutrin and just keep both at relatively low doses. I'm tempted to try Lexapro first, because I hear there are less side effects (i.e. fatigue).

I have taken both and I would have to say that Prozac worked the longest for me. It seems that if you have a large anxiety component than Lexapro might be a better choice. I currently take Effexor XR and my dr. just put me on Wellbutrin about 5 days ago. I have felt better the last few days. Don't be concerned about what dosage you require, some people require high doses of their meds to get the best results. I don't know what dose of Wellbutrin you are on but is there an option to increase your dose before adding on an SSRI?

I wish you the best!

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Hi, I have given some input on that in the Wellbutrin section. Title: Adding 10 mg ofLexapro to Wellbutrin. Hope this helps.

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Agreed that Lexapro is generally a bit better if you're suffering anxiety, but Prozac is a little bit more stimulating (for many people, of course YMMV) so that can help with fatigue...

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