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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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Does Lexapro Make You Tired Or Give You A Lift?

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I am starting on Lexapro today and am wondering if it is going to make me tired or give me a lift. I hear mixed things but I don't know if I shoudl take it in the morning or before bed. Thanks!

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Hello, my advice is to take it in the morning as its going to be energizing your brain to produce more happy hormones i.e. seratonines and dopeamines and this stimulation will cause you to experience insomnia initially until you get use to it. There is a poll on DF about do people take their AD in the morning or evening and overwhelmingly 82% or some such say they take it in the morning. You are going to have a bit of insomnia probably when you first start taking it, but dont worry, it will fade away with time. This extra stimulation of your brain will also probably cause you some extra anxiety, so I hope your doctor prescribed you a sleeping aide and an anti-anxiety medication as you may need both. Dont be afraid to ask for any if you need some, you will know if you do or not.

Definately AM if you take it in PM I think you are going to discover its a big mistake because citalophram, celexa lexapro is a stimulating AD... there are a few AD's on the market which will make yoiu sleepy believe it or not, but most of them are stimulating...

Good Luck and best wishes and hope I helped a bit...

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I restarted taking Lexapro today as well. I've taken it before a few years ago, and also earlier this year, but back on it now. I always take mine in the morning. When I first started taking it the first time, my dr told me to take it in the morning as it will probably give me more energy. I'm actually pretty tired today, but I'm chalking that up to waking up with some anxiety (which always wears me out). Good luck on the meds!

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Please keep me updated on how you are doing on the Lexapro. :)

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I will do that. Keep me updated too (and thanks for adding me as a friend.) :)

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I take my pills in the evening and I've always felt energized in the morning, probably because my depression is always a very bland, surreal and tired, robotic state of mind and there's no way I could be even more tired. Citalopram seems to dis-inhibit my brain somehow. Up to 2-3 hours after I take my pills I feel a bit disorientated, jumpy and confused so I prefer to sleep through that phase.

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