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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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Has Anyone Experienced Excessive Sweating On Sertraline?

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Hi all-please answer! I'm a big sufferer of OCD and even though I'm on Sertraline and Lamictal I am still a pretty anxious person, not as bad as it was before though. Anyway, I went through a bad depression last May and started on Sertraline and Lamotrigine in June. My dosage was slowly raised for a couple months until I received my final dosage probably in August. I am currently on 200mg Sertraline and 200mg Lamotrigine. In November I woke up one night and I was pretty sweaty. My face and hair was damp. Underneath my breasts, behind my knees and my stomach were wet and slippery. The sheets were damp, not soaked. I am always paranoid that ANY symptom I have is from some incurable illness, mostly HIV. That is my worst obsessive fear. Well that sweating at night continued every night for a couple of weeks and then slowly stopped. However, ever since then I do get sweating at night from time to time. I'd say a few times a month. I have a history of night terrors as well. I might add that I sweat easily throughout the day too. When I'm doing chores and such. There was even one time where I literally fell asleep for 5 minutes and had a very vivid dream and woke up sweating. Please! Anyone have similar symptoms? And not just in the beginning of your treatment. I really want some people who've had similar experiences! Thanks everyone for your time, very long post I know!

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Hello,

I take Cymbalta and have similar symptoms. Night sweats occur rarely, but they happen nonetheless. Most SSRI's and SNRI's increase one's chances of overheating. This, in turn, will activate the body's thermoregulation mechanisms, which includes vasoregulation and sweating. Often, the night sweats subside after prolonged use of the medication, occurring more often during its activation phase, but it is always possible that they will reappear. I would not worry about this symptom too much, as it is not dangerous as long as you stay hydrated. If it becomes a problem and you can't stand it any longer, speak with your doctor. As I said, most antidepressants have a similar effect, so I do not think changing medications will do much good, especially if your medications are working well for you. Psychiatric medications are still in their years of trial and error; if you have found two medications that work, I wouldn't alter your treatment.

I know it can be a pain when you wake up drenched in sweat, I don't enjoy it one bit. But it doesn't happen every night, and the benefits of my SNRI outweigh the symptoms I experience from its use. From the sound of things, you're in a similar situation. Stick to it, and talk to your doctor if it becomes intolerable.

Thanks for sharing, and good luck!

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Thank you very much for your response. I was just concerned because my psychiatrist said that these medications don't cause night sweats but IF it was causing them for me then he suggest I keep taking them anyway. He completely contradicted his words and I always blow things out of proportion. I asked the pharamcist and she said both of these medicines can increase sweating so I know I should not be worrying. I guess I was concerned because the sweating started about 5 months into treatment when they usually start in the beginning. Like I said, I over analyze everything. Question marks in life are not ok for me. Lol...I need to change that. Thanks again!

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This is a major light bulb moment for me! I never connected the excess sweating to the Zoloft that I was taking. It was so embarrassing because my face would start sweating and I frequently felt like I was coming down with the flu. I was afraid that I was going into early menopause. It has not completely gone away since I changed to Pristiq, and then Cymbalta, but it is much better.

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Hi all-please answer! I'm a big sufferer of OCD and even though I'm on Sertraline and Lamictal I am still a pretty anxious person, not as bad as it was before though. Anyway, I went through a bad depression last May and started on Sertraline and Lamotrigine in June. My dosage was slowly raised for a couple months until I received my final dosage probably in August. I am currently on 200mg Sertraline and 200mg Lamotrigine. In November I woke up one night and I was pretty sweaty. My face and hair was damp. Underneath my breasts, behind my knees and my stomach were wet and slippery. The sheets were damp, not soaked. I am always paranoid that ANY symptom I have is from some incurable illness, mostly HIV. That is my worst obsessive fear. Well that sweating at night continued every night for a couple of weeks and then slowly stopped. However, ever since then I do get sweating at night from time to time. I'd say a few times a month. I have a history of night terrors as well. I might add that I sweat easily throughout the day too. When I'm doing chores and such. There was even one time where I literally fell asleep for 5 minutes and had a very vivid dream and woke up sweating. Please! Anyone have similar symptoms? And not just in the beginning of your treatment. I really want some people who've had similar experiences! Thanks everyone for your time, very long post I know!

Definitely zoloft causes you to have what I refer to as cold sweats. I usually have them when I am starting on a med or an increase in meds. Maybe that is why you had yours later, you might have increased your dosage at that time. I am an over thinker as well and I have to continuously stop myself from over analyzing everything. When you sit there and think "how come this is happening" or "is this supposed to be happening" it just makes you feel worse. Get those weeks and then months under your belt and soon you will feel wonderful. Good luck to you.

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Thank you for your response. The reason I was worried was because I hadn't had an increase in dosage at that time. However I know that side effects can come and go at anytime. I'm meeting with a new psychiatrist next week to get a second opinion on my meds and diagnosis. The meds don't seem to work like they used to and the side effects are really bothering me

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I have also experienced excessive sweating, mainly during the day and it is mid-winter in my country. This definitely only started after using Zoloft.

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