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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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twitchyq

Cipralex And Alcohol

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I am a social drinker and in my mid-twenties. I had not felt much like going out and partying with my friends but this weekend I actually was looking forward to it. I went out with friends for a goodbye party at Dave and Buster's and had a couple beers to celebrate. I found that I got drunk a lot quicker than normal (pretty buzzed by my third alcohol) and after five drinks all night, I was very drunk! Normally, it would take probably about seven drinks to do that to me. Then, when I woke up the next day, I had a HORRIBLE hangover. Super exhausted, head-achey and was a complete write off all day.

I know that it is not a good idea to drink while on medication, but I am the type of person that needs to learn from experience. Needless to say, next weekend if I decide to go out, I won't be drinking more than one or two!

What are other people's experiences with the effects of alcohol and cipralex?

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Hello, the answer to your question is actually not to drink at all! Alcohol is a depressant and it does not mix well with Celexa/Cipralex at all, you can still have fun going out with friends by sticking to non-alcoholic beverages, please I urge you do not drink at all while on medication, you can still enjoy yourself, in fact you can be the designated driver! Thats a good excuse for not drinking (should you need an excuse) because mixing your medication with alcohol is very bad, it should even say that on the bottle, do not drink...

I have learned to enjoy myself without drinking, you should still be able to socialize and make good conversation and enjoy yourself just being with friends and getting out....

Good Luck, you need to do what you think is best for yourself but I think you are doing the medication an injustice and yourself since you said the next day you felt miserable, remember that if you can next time you go out partying.

Best wishes.

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Hi twitchyq,

Well as Betteroff said , best not to drink at all while on AD medication . A few drinks won't do you much harm , but it is an depressant and won't help you feel any better as you have found.

I have the occasional drink socially as well , but even I know it would be better not too drink.

Well you do learn by experience.

Best Wishes

Jim Bow

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hi twitchyq,

I have experienced similar effects when drinking on citalopram. I'm not a big drinker personally, so it doesn't bother me not drinking. At most I have a glass of alcohol.

As others said, mixing ADs with alcohol can have a bad effect, I've seen the results in a close friend of mine and it can seriously alter your mood drastically. I would say one drink is fine, but being drunk can have really negative effects on your mood for a couple of days. Also, it can be very scary for others around you as things have a tendency to come out when intoxicated and you might regret it in the long run.

Also, missing a dose of your ADs before drinking is a bad idea, a close friend of mine does that and it really doesn't help in the long run.

Hope that helps!

Take care and be strong. X

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I have been on Lexapro for years and noticed if I have more than 2 drinks i would almost get a headached immediately. If I had more I would wake up neausueous with panic attacks. Alcohol and meds definately do NOT mix. And it ony took me 4 ER visits with panic/anxiety with suicidal feelings in as many months to figure this out. I am not too smart that way. Living in a beach town it's hard not to get caught up going out with friends and forget that I am going to pay a very high price in about 8 hours. It is frustrating because like you, after very little I am dizzy and feeling very drunk and not in a fun way. It has just been something I have had to accept as part of my illness that I have to be on meds and alcohol just doesn't work with them, and is in fact dangerous to my physical and mental health. I sometimes wish I could be a "normal person" and have a girls night out and have a few margaritas, a cosmo and just let it all go but..... i did enough of that in my 20's that I guess I am done, still it would be fun to have that release from time to time but the aftermath last time was a short stint in the local psychiatric hospital for anxiety and depression with the physical effect of migraines that alcohol triggers thus triggering neausea. I sincerey hope I never have to go through that again.

I am a social drinker and in my mid-twenties. I had not felt much like going out and partying with my friends but this weekend I actually was looking forward to it. I went out with friends for a goodbye party at Dave and Buster's and had a couple beers to celebrate. I found that I got drunk a lot quicker than normal (pretty buzzed by my third alcohol) and after five drinks all night, I was very drunk! Normally, it would take probably about seven drinks to do that to me. Then, when I woke up the next day, I had a HORRIBLE hangover. Super exhausted, head-achey and was a complete write off all day.

I know that it is not a good idea to drink while on medication, but I am the type of person that needs to learn from experience. Needless to say, next weekend if I decide to go out, I won't be drinking more than one or two!

What are other people's experiences with the effects of alcohol and cipralex?

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When I was on 20-40 mg of Celexa, I noticed that if I got drunk, the next day I would be on the verge of panic attacks. My fiance is on Paxil and can drink with no problem. I wonder if there is something about citalopram that causes it to react especially badly with alcohol, even compared to other SSRIs.

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