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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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Bird2E

Flexeril -- Insomnia "Magic Pill"

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After years and years of trying all of the traditional sleep aids - med and non-med -- and not finding any that worked very well, I have "backed into" a wonderful sleep aid. It's Flexeril, or the generic Cyclobenzaprine. It was prescribed it about 6 weeks ago for back pain and muscle spasms, and it knocks me out cold! With no weird Paxil-induced dreams, no feeling of falling down the rabbit hole (like Ambien did), no anxiety attacks in the middle of the night, and I can get a good 6-7 hours on it. And I'm sure if I would make myself go to bed earlier, I could maybe even make it to 8 or more. I have been in a sleep-cycle disruption mode for 12 years.... I am naturally a night-owl (used to go to bed at 5AM, and get up at noon), then my last job I had to be there at 7:30. So now I still want to be a night owl, but got so used to getting up so early that now I do both.

My doc says it induces better REM sleep, but if I do dream, I sure don't remember them. I do get a bit groggy mid morning, but if I keep busy it goes away. I don't notice any other SE's. Another good thing is that even though I sleep deeply, I am not a zombie and can be wakened fairly easily, and fall back to sleep pretty quickly. Thunderstorms only wake me if they're really loud, and I can sleep through my husband's sleep-apnea-induced-wall-shaking snoring (Yay!!), I almost always have to get up for a potty break around 2 or 3, but zonk right back out. The facts sheet says it is not really addictive but only should be taken short-term. I don't care, I will stay on it forever because it's worth it! :hearts:

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Bird2E,

You need to follow your doctor's directions with Flexeril. It is not meant to be taken long-term nor as a sleep aid. It can also not be taken with many types of antidepressants.

KA

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Flexeril

Cyclobenzaprine (sye kloe BEN za preen)

What is the most important information I should know about Flexeril?

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I only wish! My family doc told me I'm too little for the dose and that I'd have to get it from my orthopedist. I can't afford to see him, so I'm between a rock and a hard place. I know it works really well and lets your muscles relax so you can get restorative sleep. My ortho guy put me on Sinequan years ago for the same reason. Pain and sleep don't mix.

Jackie :hearts:

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I only wish! My family doc told me I'm too little for the dose and that I'd have to get it from my orthopedist. I can't afford to see him, so I'm between a rock and a hard place. I know it works really well and lets your muscles relax so you can get restorative sleep. My ortho guy put me on Sinequan years ago for the same reason. Pain and sleep don't mix.

Jackie :bump:

Jackie,

Even though they aren't scored and have a coating, I wonder if your doc could give you a few samples and see if you could tolerate just one half? I'll bet they taste nasty (re: the coating), but if it's something that works it would be worth it. When my anxiety gets really ramped up I will chew a generic Xanax... horridly bitter, :hearts: but I wash it down quickly and it starts working in a few minutes.

I hate to think there isn't some way around this. I know! Eat a lot and get fat like me :shocked: I am very short too (4'11") am 30 lbs overweight, thanks to the Paxil munchies and being almost totally sendentary from my back pain.

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She's totally against it, believe me. She's given me other muscle relaxers and they get my irritable bowel stirred up or **** my stomach, so I try to use the Motrin sparingly, but it does nothing to enhance sleep.

Jackie :hearts:

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While not experiencing any depression I happened on this web site after looking up "Flexeril". I too found out, entirely by accident, how it works fantastic as a sleep aid for me. I'm retired now but during my working life I always had to get up around 5:00 a.m. and then would have a tendency to wake up at 5:00 in the morning when I didn't have to. It was annoying to be waking up early when I could sleep in. I had a prescription for Flexeril for some back ache. It didn't do very much for the back pain but I noticed I slept very well. So a few weeks later I decided to do a test and took one 10 mg tablet at 9:00 p.m. I slept through the night except for one wake-up to urinate then back to sleep until 7:00 a.m.

I don't take the tablet often because I'm afraid I might build up a tolerance to it and it won't work anymore. So about once a week if I want to get a great night's sleep I take one tablet. They are very inexpensive and I get a 90 day prescription for $5.00

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