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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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playcrackthesky

Wellbutrin Starting Up.. Scared.. Drained

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I've been taking the wellbutrin sr (once a day 100mg) for 6 days so far. The first day I felt high, but it wasn't too bad. The second day, I felt like I was high as kite and it scared me so much. The third day I felt high, 4th I had to go to a family event and felt like I was high, 5th day felt tired and dizzy and felt like I had the flu. Today I have felt like a total nutcase. I feel like I have the flu and nothing seems in my home seems familiar to me, I feel like I'm so detached and I'm so drained. The only relief I get is by the end of the day, when the med gets out of my system. I can actually feel them leaving my system, it feels like I'm coming down from a high from hell. At the end of the day, my brain actually hurts and pounds. I take it around 7 and it leaves me by 4ish. And by the end of the day, I'm so tired from feeling like I've been high all day. Will this get better? Will I start feeling less detached, more happy and less crazy? I'm afraid that if I continue this med further, it is going to permanently make me feel detached from reality. Please get back to me! I'm very afraid I will get further detached from reality on this.

Is this drug suppose to make you feel high all day?

Pm me.

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Hi and Welcome playcrackthesky

Wellbutrin does have start up side effects, however and I need to mention that I am not a professional, it sounds like it is making you manic. I do not know what your diagnosis is, but if it is making you manic you need to go back to your doc. As if you have bipolar an AD can make you manic. I am not saying that you do have bipolar, many people with bipolar have been wrongly diagnosed given an AD, turn manic and then get an accurate diagnosis of bipolar. You do need to check this with your doc.

Trace

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Yeah, Trace has given some good advice. Wellbutrin can make you feel high and wired, restless, anxious, etc., in the beginning, but I don't think it should be so strong that you can't function. Also, if it's been 6 days and you still feel incredibly high on 100mg a day, maybe you shouldn't take it. Definitely talk to your doctor!

I did get cold-like symptoms in the beginning due to side effects (mainly headache, a bit of brain fog). One 100mg a day doesn't seem like much, You may just be incredibly sensitive to this medication.

Keep us updated if you can, and please talk to your doctor right away. You shouldn't have to feel that way. Medicine is supposed to help.

:console:

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Yeah, Trace has given some good advice. Wellbutrin can make you feel high and wired, restless, anxious, etc., in the beginning, but I don't think it should be so strong that you can't function. Also, if it's been 6 days and you still feel incredibly high on 100mg a day, maybe you shouldn't take it. Definitely talk to your doctor!

I did get cold-like symptoms in the beginning due to side effects (mainly headache, a bit of brain fog). One 100mg a day doesn't seem like much, You may just be incredibly sensitive to this medication.

Keep us updated if you can, and please talk to your doctor right away. You shouldn't have to feel that way. Medicine is supposed to help.

:console:

Thanks. I was gonna ask my doctor to lower me down to 75xr a day. I feel discouraged :(

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Update. Today.. day seven. I don't have that scary super exhausted feeling. But I do have that totally spacey feeling, like really bad. I had my scrip changed to 75mg. Anyone else experience the spacey feeling? When will it go away? Will it go away?

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Hello, I'm on my 7th day of wellbutrin 100mg and today I really got hit with the spacey feeling, better than before, at least I'm not totally drained and spacey. I lowered my dose to 75 because I think the 100 was just too strong for me. But I was wondering, how long does this spacey feeling take to pass? If it passes at all.

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I'm on Wellbutrin and of course you do have those start up side effects. You may experience side effects for the next 4 to 6 weeks or so but they should subside. I experienced side effects with Wellbutrin for a couple of weeks but can't say that will be the case for you because meds effect us differently but try to hang in there. The benefits are so much greater than the side effects that do go away eventually. Hope Wellbutrin works for you.

Lindahurt

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Thanks a lot :) I just hope I'm not a space cadet for a 6 weeks!!! lol

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Hi - I felt spacey for a couple of weeks, but it's fine now. You're taking a low dose, so maybe you'll get through this phase quickly.

Take care,

Juli

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Is it safe to take xanax when I have this horrible spacey/high feeling? I'm afraid I'll have a panic attack if I go out in this condition. Not sure if the xanax will make this feeling worse.

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Hi playcrackthesky:

The spacey feeling should pass. Did your doctor prescribe Xanax before or after the Wellbutrin?

There is a good chance the Xanax will help. Would you consider checking with your doctor about experimenting with less than the prescribed dose? That way you can maybe feel a bit more confident about it.

tim

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Hi. I'm going on week 5 and I never really had the spaciness, but I did have several side effects the first week. They went away pretty quickly for me. I think it's working better a little bit more every day now. I think it's safe to say it would be the exception if it didn't pass, but of course, you never know how each individual will react to antidepressants. I know I am much more happy taking this than the serotonin SSRI ADs.

Best wishes!

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Update. Today.. day seven. I don't have that scary super exhausted feeling. But I do have that totally spacey feeling, like really bad. I had my scrip changed to 75mg. Anyone else experience the spacey feeling? When will it go away? Will it go away?

I didn't really get the spacey feeling, but it is very common. I believe it usually subsides by the second week. The side effects will go away. I'm on week 5 and it's getting better all the time. I never felt exhausted, usually the opposite! Exhaustion could be a symptom of the depression/anxiety which hopefully the medication will help in the weeks to come!

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Hi,I just switched from 100mg sr to 75mgxr today and I am having heavy rapid heart beat..I guess because the med is released all at once.I was wondering if anyone else experienced this and does it go away! after how long? Safe to take Xanax to slow down heart rate?

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Hello, sound like a usual side-effect that will go away in time as your body adapts to the new method of delivery and the new dosage, but to be on the safe side, talk to your doctor about this. Same with the xanax, is it okay to take for this problem. We would hate to tell you wrong here on DF as we are not doctors and if we gave bad advice we would feel terrible if it was wrong. Allways check with your doctor if issues like this occur.

Good Luck and best wishes. I think if you hang in there as your body adjusts to the new delivery system, you will find these effects will vanish over time, but it will take awhile for your body time to re-adjust to the new delivery sytstem...

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Thank you,I called my pharmacist and he said that my body is just not used to the med being released so fast. And i should get used to it,my doctor doesn't really like to be bothered..I don't have insurance so I can only call himso many times before he gets annoyed. But I don't have that stoned feeling on this version!! I actualy feel more clear..not sure if it's the placebo effect or what. I was on 100mg sr for a week and it was making me feel sooo high and out of it.

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Sorry for posting for much, but I'm new with anti depressants. For the longest time I was afraid to touch anything, even vitamins (I don't even drink, because I don't like the feeling of being out of control). But I hit a heavy heavy depression and first I tried vitamins and they did not help, in fact I think they made me worse. So I finally gave into being put on an anti depressant.

I know this sound a little stupid, but I'm totally ignorant to anti-depressants. But, once this anti depressants starts working, will it actually make me start caring about things again? Like I use to love going out and doing my hair and made sure that everything in my home was clean and perfect... I took pride in things. And now I really have no desire to even look at myself in the mirror. I feel so disconnected with myself.

I was on 100mg sr but it was making me have really really bad side effects, where I could hardly function. So I got lowered down to 75mg. Do you think that 75mg is enough to lift depression? Some people on here start off on like.. 150mg and for alot of them, it doesn't even bother them.

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I feel like the 75xr is actually giving me anxiety... as apose to the 100mg sr just making me feel spacey. Is this common?

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Seems like maybe this medication is too energizing and stimulating for your system. I've only taken the SR version and I had anxiety for the first few days. It is a common side effect, but if it's too extreme or severe for you to function, you should contact your doctor right away. Hope you feel better.

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Yea the 100mg just makes me feel like I'm in a dream world, I heard that other people had that affect too and it got better. I'm just gonna try it out for another week to see if it helps any. What about the depression part though? If I go get past this rough patch. And the depression is relieved some what.. does it make you actually want to do thing and start caring again?

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Yea the 100mg just makes me feel like I'm in a dream world, I heard that other people had that affect too and it got better. I'm just gonna try it out for another week to see if it helps any. What about the depression part though? If I go get past this rough patch. And the depression is relieved some what.. does it make you actually want to do thing and start caring again?

Well, what I've noticed (only going on 5 weeks) is that it helps me not to dwell on depression and anxiety as much. I still feel it, but it passes a lot faster. I don't think any medicine can just take it all away. It just helps you cope better and seems to lessen the severity of emotional distress.

I've heard people say that it did make them able to go out more and do things. I know I feel more energetic.

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Thanks for getting back to me. I really want to try to make this med work for me because I have both depersonalzation and visual snow and almost every antidepressant makes either one worse. This is like the only one that doesn't make either of them worse than they already are.

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The purpose of an AD is to lift your mood to enable you to function at a higher level. That means you will basically want to take interest in your appearance, your house, go out with friends, etc. WB is a very energizing SNRI and can have some 3effect on sleep and anxiety. You mentioend taking Xanax in a previous post. We cannot advise you whether to take it or not. That is something you need to discuss with your pdoc.

SEs usually last a few weeks. If they last longer and are increasingly troublesome, time yet again to talk with your pdoc.

Sheepwoman

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Thank you. So today is my 9th day and I didn't have that strange "high spell" during the day today. But when I woke up, I felt super out of it and I went to the store and felt like I was dreaming. Then when I got home, it wasn't so bad. At about 5pm the super out of it, sleepy feeling/confusion came back to me. Could it be because I'm only on 100mg and by the end of the day, I'm withdrawing from the med? Or will this just past? I sure hope it does, it's scary.

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