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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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What time of day do you take your Prozac?

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I did a search and couldn't find a thread about this, so I'm starting a new one. I'm on day 2 of Prozac, and it is causing me a significant level of drowsiness starting about 3 hours after I take the pill. I've taken the pill at around 10am both days, and my starting dose is only 10mg. I was on this med for 9 months about 7 years ago, but I don't remember much about it other than it helped me and didn't disrupt my life enough for me to remember any side-effects. I guess I'm wondering if I should switch to taking it in the evening, or if the sedative effect will wear off in time. When do you take your medication, and why? Just curious to see how my fellow Prozac-ers are dealing with this.

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I take 20mg at about 7:00 a.m. every morning. I too get pretty sleepy, but it is at about 1:00 p.m. (6 hours later). I don't think that I get as drowsy as I did during the first few weeks though. From what I have read up on this, most of the side effects diminsh after the first few weeks. I would suggest that you just pick a time that you are most likely to remember to take it. I hate it when I get to work and realize that I have forgotten to take my meds.

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You can respond differently to a med the second time around.

I agree with Rosie - these start-up side-effects often diminish. If it's too hard for you to wait it out and your doc has no objections, you can always try taking your dose in the evening to see if that helps.

Good luck - let us know how you're doing!

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I take my prozac and inderol right before I go to bed. I am such a freak about taking meds and it makes me feel better to be able to go to bed and not think about it.

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I take mine in the a.m. as it activates me.

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My son takes it in the morning before school. We started in the evenings but he had some restless nights, so we switched. Doesn't seem to be a problem now.

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I alos take my 40 mg in the morning... It gives me a feeling of energy and motivation..... :hearts:

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Thanks for all your replies. I'm now on Day 8 of Prozac, still taking it in the morning, and the drowsiness during the day is pretty much gone. I seem to be sleeping ok at night too, so I guess I'll stick to taking it in the morning for now. As for other side effects.....I'm sweating like a pig and my stomach isn't very happy most of the time. Yuck.

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Prozac works the best when taken in the morning as it works to boost you during the day. The "average" dose for this med is 20mg. I found that Prozac at night kept me awake. The morning drowsiness wears off when you take this med. It usually only lasts a short time. Prozac no longer works for me (I was up to 80mg with no relief) and now am taking two other ADs which are working great for me.

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i take mine in the morning when i'm eating breakfast, if i take it at night i can't fall asleep

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I would always take mine in the morning.

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Prozac works the best when taken in the morning as it works to boost you during the day. The "average" dose for this med is 20mg. I found that Prozac at night kept me awake. The morning drowsiness wears off when you take this med. It usually only lasts a short time. Prozac no longer works for me (I was up to 80mg with no relief) and now am taking two other ADs which are working great for me.

Sheepwoman :hearts:

I'm glad you've found something else that is working well for you. I dread to think that if I have to go back on Prozac long term that the effects won't last. I was on a high dose too for a number of years and it continued to work extremely well for me. So much so that I manged to ween myself right off it, though after two months, I'm having to go back onto it.

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I did a search and couldn't find a thread about this, so I'm starting a new one. I'm on day 2 of Prozac, and it is causing me a significant level of drowsiness starting about 3 hours after I take the pill. I've taken the pill at around 10am both days, and my starting dose is only 10mg. I was on this med for 9 months about 7 years ago, but I don't remember much about it other than it helped me and didn't disrupt my life enough for me to remember any side-effects. I guess I'm wondering if I should switch to taking it in the evening, or if the sedative effect will wear off in time. When do you take your medication, and why? Just curious to see how my fellow Prozac-ers are dealing with this.

iI have deen on prozac 20mg for a week. I started taking it in the morning but the side effects were bad. I felt spaced out , sick and had a very bad head. I have now started to take them when I go to bed. I think it has helped, as I do not feel so tired and spaced out during the day. However the sickness is still bad. I have not experienced any sleep issues yet but I do take zopiclone which gives me a good nights sleep.

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One of the possible side-effects with Prozac is a flu-like feeling. You've only been taking it for a short time, and the good news is that these start-up SEs often lessen over time, as your body has a chance to adjust.

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