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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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LivingInAFog

Feeling Empty, With No Emotion And Don't Want To Be Around Anyone

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I am a 31 year old mother of two beautiful children. Great husband, great family, great home, great life - EXCEPT I suffer with depression. Been depressed for as long as I remember - have been able to manage it with psychotherapy and no meds but its been a struggle. I go through cycles of feeling okay for months and then will suffer for a couple weeks here and there. This is the first time in as long as I can remember that I've been in a deep, dark depression for the whole month of MARCH with no end in sight. No motivation, horrible social anxiety, feel worthless, can't concentrate, no emotion, etc.. I would give anything to be better. I often wish I had any other illness - anything but depression.

I am so scared, feel so empty, I feel so stupid for feeling this way because my depression allows me to not have feeling, not be myself , not be social and not be focused. It alters me which then makes me feel dumb. I have cried multiple times a day for the past month - and its been the most painful experience of my life especially when im faced with everday challenges of being a mother and caring for my two children. I feel sad that I've been sad and unmotivated for them. Im unmotivated to sit around and play, do homework with them.

I can't see the light in any situation - everything is dark. I feel like the only person going through this. I went to a wedding this afternoon and everyone looked so happy, so beautiful, so cheerful with each other - I felt so miserable, so weak, so unmotivated, so sad and hoped and prayed that no one noticed. BUT I feel like everyone noticed.

I am completely self-sabotaging myself and continue to feel worse as a result. I set too many expectations from people and things I do and plan. I need to stop doing that.

Sorry for rambling. :(

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Hi LivingInAFog You're definatley not alone in this, depression does take the color out of life and things can often seem more hopeless and dark than they really are.

You're not worthless or stupid for having depression and I know you have been managing without meds so far but please try and consider it. There are so many people here who do better with medication you may be surprised at how much of a difference it can make.

I'm sure your children know that you love them, please don't feel too bad when you can't find the strength to spend time with them. :hugs:

Ramble here to your heart's content, we're listening.

:1cat:

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Please don't feel stupid or sorry for how you are feeling. It sounds like your feelings of inadequacy have increased. Have you considered seeing a Dr. about adding medication, to your psychotherapy regimen? You are so lucky to have two great children and a husband. I am sure that to them you are the world! Maybe sit down and play with your children for awhile or go on a walk with them and see if doing something together will take your mind off of this darkness for awhile. Let us know how you feel.

I am a 31 year old mother of two beautiful children. Great husband, great family, great home, great life - EXCEPT I suffer with depression. Been depressed for as long as I remember - have been able to manage it with psychotherapy and no meds but its been a struggle. I go through cycles of feeling okay for months and then will suffer for a couple weeks here and there. This is the first time in as long as I can remember that I've been in a deep, dark depression for the whole month of MARCH with no end in sight. No motivation, horrible social anxiety, feel worthless, can't concentrate, no emotion, etc.. I would give anything to be better. I often wish I had any other illness - anything but depression.

I am so scared, feel so empty, I feel so stupid for feeling this way because my depression allows me to not have feeling, not be myself , not be social and not be focused. It alters me which then makes me feel dumb. I have cried multiple times a day for the past month - and its been the most painful experience of my life especially when im faced with everday challenges of being a mother and caring for my two children. I feel sad that I've been sad and unmotivated for them. Im unmotivated to sit around and play, do homework with them.

I can't see the light in any situation - everything is dark. I feel like the only person going through this. I went to a wedding this afternoon and everyone looked so happy, so beautiful, so cheerful with each other - I felt so miserable, so weak, so unmotivated, so sad and hoped and prayed that no one noticed. BUT I feel like everyone noticed.

I am completely self-sabotaging myself and continue to feel worse as a result. I set too many expectations from people and things I do and plan. I need to stop doing that.

Sorry for rambling. :(

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I am a 31 year old mother of two beautiful children. Great husband, great family, great home, great life - EXCEPT I suffer with depression. Been depressed for as long as I remember - have been able to manage it with psychotherapy and no meds but its been a struggle. I go through cycles of feeling okay for months and then will suffer for a couple weeks here and there. This is the first time in as long as I can remember that I've been in a deep, dark depression for the whole month of MARCH with no end in sight. No motivation, horrible social anxiety, feel worthless, can't concentrate, no emotion, etc.. I would give anything to be better. I often wish I had any other illness - anything but depression.

I am so scared, feel so empty, I feel so stupid for feeling this way because my depression allows me to not have feeling, not be myself , not be social and not be focused. It alters me which then makes me feel dumb. I have cried multiple times a day for the past month - and its been the most painful experience of my life especially when im faced with everday challenges of being a mother and caring for my two children. I feel sad that I've been sad and unmotivated for them. Im unmotivated to sit around and play, do homework with them.

I can't see the light in any situation - everything is dark. I feel like the only person going through this. I went to a wedding this afternoon and everyone looked so happy, so beautiful, so cheerful with each other - I felt so miserable, so weak, so unmotivated, so sad and hoped and prayed that no one noticed. BUT I feel like everyone noticed.

I am completely self-sabotaging myself and continue to feel worse as a result. I set too many expectations from people and things I do and plan. I need to stop doing that.

Sorry for rambling. :(

LIF,

I, too, have two children. Parenting is a very difficult task when one suffers from depression. It can also take a toll on our romantic relationships.

I, too, have been depressed as long as I can remember. I did not begin to take medication until I was 34. I was fortunate and found the right medication quickly, and was able to live mostly depression-free, for the following 16 years.

I know that the medication hurdle is a difficult one to jump, but if you have been depressed...forever, there is likely a biochemical component to your depression, which means that no amount of therapy would be able to get you feeling well.

Remember that depression is a life-threatening illness and that inadequate treatment can cause some damage to your brain, as well as robbing you of quality of life, and the enjoyment of seeing your children grow and thrive.

To use the tried and true comparison, if your neurological system is not working properly, it is no different than if you had diabetes, where your pancreas is not working properly, yet would you hesitate with taking insulin?

If you are going to consider medication, I would strongly suggest that you ask your GP for referral to a psychiatrist, whose specialty is to know the most up to date information on mental illnesses and medications.

I'm glad you have decided to join DF, and I look forward to getting to know you better.

Warm regards,

lucyvp

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Hi, You are not stupid!!! Living in a fog is a dangerous thing. YOu have done really well to manage it till now! I remember the emptiness well. I often would say i would prefer to feel pain rather than the nothingness i get with the bad depression. I often range from tears to emptiness in a matter of minutes! When i feel like this i think any feeling would be better than none.

It can be better. I am pretty good at the moment, tho have been on many meds over the last 12 years, i know without them i would not be here any longer!!

Please go and see your GP and get a referal to a psychiatrist for assesment. He will listen and discuss with you options for treatment, whether that be medications or not will be a decision you will make together.

One thing i have found is that when my vit D levels drop so does my mood, so i now take a suppliment as we are in Spring and i work inside therefore do not get out in the sun much at all at the moment ( and it will only get worse heading into winter).

YOur family love you and need you! Talking about it on here helps. it is one step forward.

take care

rharnie

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