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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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Alternative Medication To Venlafaxine?

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I have decided that the increased dose of venlafaxine (150mg - 225mg) is not working. I have a psychiatrists appointment on 25th and think he may suggest an alternative medication. I am anxious about this. I had a bad reaction to Citalopram and Fluxotene did not work very well. I also didn't respond well to Dusolepin. Anybody else changed successfully from venlafaxine and what did you change to.

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Hi popsicle7,

Well you are currently tasking an SNRI (venlafaxine) which is a more powerful AD than the SSRI you had before.

Im my experience most people who don't get on with venlafaxine tend to be given another SNRI like Cymbalta (duloxetine) as it know to to be a much milder SNRI medication.

See what your Doctors says, as there are many newer medication on the market. As you know it is a case of trial and error with a lot of ADs before you get the effective one.

Best Wishes

Jim Bow

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Hi Jim Bow

Thanks for your quick response. Just wondered what you meant when you said Cymbalta was much milder medication.Does that mean it doesn't work as much? Just feeling a bit anxious about everything.

Thanks again.

Popsicke 7

Hi popsicle7,

Well you are currently tasking an SNRI (venlafaxine) which is a more powerful AD than the SSRI you had before.

Im my experience most people who don't get on with venlafaxine tend to be given another SNRI like Cymbalta (duloxetine) as it know to to be a much milder SNRI medication.

See what your Doctors says, as there are many newer medication on the market. As you know it is a case of trial and error with a lot of ADs before you get the effective one.

Best Wishes

Jim Bow

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Hi popsicle7,

Sorry I meant it is kinder to the system, not as harsh as other SNRI.

It is as effective as any other AD medication.

Best Wishes

Jim Bow

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Thanks, Jim Bow that is reassuring. I will wait to see what happens on the 25th.

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How long have you been on 225mg? I get the feeling that you're not giving them enough time.

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Hi Nickyc

Thanks for your input , I've been on the higher dose for nearly 6 weeks now and am getting worse rather than better. I do think they aren't working as I've been crying and that is not normal for me on this medication.

popsicle7

How long have you been on 225mg? I get the feeling that you're not giving them enough time.

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I have decided that the increased dose of venlafaxine (150mg - 225mg) is not working. I have a psychiatrists appointment on 25th and think he may suggest an alternative medication. I am anxious about this. I had a bad reaction to Citalopram and Fluxotene did not work very well. I also didn't respond well to Dusolepin. Anybody else changed successfully from venlafaxine and what did you change to.

Thanks Popsicle.

I switched to Mianserin lately, from he same reason, Effexor stopped working.

Now Mianserin starts working and it solves my insomnia problem...will give it a chance.

There are many meds out there, you will find the right one for you!

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Hi Nickyc

Thanks for your input , I've been on the higher dose for nearly 6 weeks now and am getting worse rather than better. I do think they aren't working as I've been crying and that is not normal for me on this medication.

popsicle7

How long have you been on 225mg? I get the feeling that you're not giving them enough time.

I'd recommend peaking to your GP within the next few days to talk about how you've been feeling and then discuss what you can do :-)

I was originally prescribed Fluoxitine which definitely didn't work and later switched to Citalopram. Citalopram did help, but it took a few months to just start working. My depressive symptoms improved the longer I was on the medication. I switched to Velafaxine last year as I was convinced that Citalopram wasn't doing it's job (as I was very sleepy). I'm feeling much better with Velafaxine but it's hard to stay what's contributed to that (e.g. diet, my thoughts, environment etc).

What bad reactions have you had? The process of trying something else can be tough and GPs don't like recommending it (from the conversations I've had) unless it's necessary. Switching from Citalopram to Velafaxine was extremely difficult for me but it was worth it considering the fact I now have fewer side effects.

I'm actually seeing my GP tomorrow regarding my medication and the next steps.

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When I tried Citalopram I had a panic attack so didn't take anymore. I was then prescribed fluxotene 20mg which was upped to 40mg after a few weeks. This did help a bit but I did still have some really bad times where I would feel like someone had died. I tried to come off them but started to feel much worse. When I went back to the original dose they never seemed to work again. My GP switched me to Venlafaxine with was no problem they worked really quickly and I felt fine on them for nearly 18 months. I still had ups and downs but my downs were not the extremes I had experienced in the past and I felt I was 'normal'.

I'm going to see a psychiatrist which my GP recommended as I was very anxious about switching meds again. She gave me the choice of switching to Cymbalta or upping the dose of Venlfaxine. I chose the increased dose. I will wait and see what the psychiatrist says.

Hope you had some positive feedback from your GP.

Thanks

Hi Nickyc

Thanks for your input , I've been on the higher dose for nearly 6 weeks now and am getting worse rather than better. I do think they aren't working as I've been crying and that is not normal for me on this medication.

popsicle7

How long have you been on 225mg? I get the feeling that you're not giving them enough time.

I'd recommend peaking to your GP within the next few days to talk about how you've been feeling and then discuss what you can do :-)

I was originally prescribed Fluoxitine which definitely didn't work and later switched to Citalopram. Citalopram did help, but it took a few months to just start working. My depressive symptoms improved the longer I was on the medication. I switched to Velafaxine last year as I was convinced that Citalopram wasn't doing it's job (as I was very sleepy). I'm feeling much better with Velafaxine but it's hard to stay what's contributed to that (e.g. diet, my thoughts, environment etc).

What bad reactions have you had? The process of trying something else can be tough and GPs don't like recommending it (from the conversations I've had) unless it's necessary. Switching from Citalopram to Velafaxine was extremely difficult for me but it was worth it considering the fact I now have fewer side effects.

I'm actually seeing my GP tomorrow regarding my medication and the next steps.

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