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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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marmitejar

Any of you ever feel depressed and happy at same time??

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I'll just mention first that I've not been diagnosed as Bipolar. I often feel quite happy but also depressed underneath. Does anyone else feel like this?

I'm having CBT counselling for self-esteem but I've never asked whether I could be Bipolar but I suspect I am. I do get times where I am impulsive - feel v high and want to do everything I can think off and arrange loads of things to do but then cannot carry them out because I am suddenly depressed again!!! When I'm high I think I can sdo anything I put my mind to and often arrange things I cannot possibly do. I posted something about asking my counsillor about Bipolar but I chickened out when I was face to face with her. I really like my CPN but am still a bit wary about mentioning Bipolar in case she thinks I'm just reading too much into my moods. Can you have mood swings and not be bipolar??? xxxxxxx

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Hi marmitejar

I'm not bipolar but suffer from depression. I have often felt happy but also depressed underneath like you expressed. Unfortunately I can't shed any light on the subject but thought I'd let you know that you're not alone!

Neatoboy

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Hiya marmitejar,

Yes, you can have mood swings and not be bipolar. It's called Life from my experiences. =) I would ask the therapist to be 100 percent positive that you either are or aren't bipolar though, we're not docs here. You'd be ******* two birds with one stone though if you were to ask. You'd rid yourself of the worry if you're not or be diagnosed as bipolar and be able to take it from there. It's better to get treatment asap in life than later on if you are bp.

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I would definitely ask my therapist for a diagnosis. You may be in CBT (BTW an excellent therapy) but it works for all types of mental illnesses. I think having a direct dianosis helps in many ways. It at least allows us the ability to seek information about what we have. You can have the mood swings you describe and not be fully bipolar. Is there anyone else in your family with bipolar disorder? It sometimes runs in families that is why I ask..

Sheepwoman :hearts:

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Yes you can be happy and depressed at the same time. I have experienced it and have come up with a different therory on depression. Most people view depression as a line, Depressione on one side, Happy on the other. Like neg and pos numbers

Depression (-)---------------------0-------------(+) Happy

I view it like a bar graph. On bar is the depression stessors combined (i have not been able to sepparate them out reasonabley) And the other bar is the Happy stuff combined (for the same reasones as depression) The Difference or gap between the two is depression. For me, depression seems to be like an excited state versus a negative state. It feels like something is there, and when I am less depressed, it seems like someting is "missing". I think there is a set number for the difference between the two columns that "triggers" depression. However if the happy stuff is greater than the difference between the two you can be happy and depressed at the same time. I am working on a model for bi-polar that is simular but has 3 bars, Depression, Happy("normal"), and manic but there are somethings I need to work out.

0...................................-

0...................................|

0...................................| - Depression

0...................................|

0...................................-

0...................................0

0...................................0

0...................................0

0...................................0

Deppresion...................Happy

Stressors......................Stuff

Anyway, maybe this helps maybe it does not.

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I have the same opinion as you wolfram that happy and depressed are not opposites and therefore you can feel them at the same time.

Neatoboy

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I'll just mention first that I've not been diagnosed as Bipolar. I often feel quite happy but also depressed underneath. Does anyone else feel like this?

Yes.

I've never been diagnosed as being Bipolar either.

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marmitejar,

How are you doing? Just checking in with you as haven't seen you back for a few day.

Sheepwoman :baaa;

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