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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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Diarrhea On Cymbalta? Does It Go Away???

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Ok. Here is my story. Went to the dr because I was having crazy fears about getting the stomach bug. Started to effect my sleep-would wake up afraid I was sick. (I wasn't.) Was afraid to eat because what if the food would give me food poisoning, etc. etc. Lack of sleep was making things worse. Losing patience with kids and everything annoyed me. Couldn't concentrate or focus. Dr. said I have classic symptoms of depression and suggested to try 30mg of Cymbalta. I argued that I was not depressed. My sister deals with that, not me. I just needed something for anxiety. He listened patiently and strongly suggested a low dose of Cymbalta. He also said that it could be seasonal/temporary. I decided to try it. Within just 2 days, I felt awesome! I didn't realize how down I had been. I was absolutely amazed by how I felt. I did have a few side effects, but the happiness was so much better that I didn't even care that my left eye was a little blurry here and there. I did get a little diarrhea at first, but thought I maybe got the bug I had feared and dealt with it fine.

But then, about 10 weeks into this, I really started getting diarrhea. Had it for about 2 weeks, steadily getting worse from once to twice a day, to up to 9-10 times a day. Called the dr. At first, on the phone, the secretary says dr doesn't feel it is the Cymbalta, try Immodium and let us know. Saw my dr 2 days later because it was not any better. After seeing me, he felt it could be the Cymbalta so suggested to try stopping it and see if the diarrhea stops. I was concerned about my mood...now that I agree with him that I was depressed....he said there is a 20mg dose of Cymbalta so that is available if I feel I still need something, but to see if the diarrhea gets better first or if I need to see a Gastroenterologist about this. I expressed my fears about the withdrawal from Cymbalta. He said that since it is a low dose, not to worry.

So, I took the advice, stopped the Cymbalta cold turkey. Been 9 days off of it. Had some mild withdrawal symptoms (I think what others call brain zaps...I kind of felt like an electrical current run up and down my side every now and then.) Today is the first day I have not had diarrhea. It has steadily gotten better. However, now I can't seem to stop crying. I don't want to be around people. I have started having crazy fears about throwing up again. Snapping at my kids for no real reason. Feeling like I can't process information. Get irritated if more than one person is trying to talk to me. Back to where I was! Which is worse, diarrhea where I can't leave the house, but am happy? Or home without diarrhea but depressed?

Want to try the 20mg dose, saw other posts about the diarrhea stopping after a while. Also saw that Prilosec helped. Need a solution here! Anybody else deal with this? Won't be able to see my dr till Monday or Tuesday. Thanks for any suggestions.

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Cymbalta gave me diarrhea too. It also did not help with my mood and for those two reasons, i discontinued the medication. There are many other medications, in many other classes to try. I'm sure your doctor will have some good suggestions. As for me, I believe I had the diarrhea because of two much serotonin in my system. Serotonin is one of the chemicals that regulates our mood. There are many serotonin receptors in the digestion system. I have been tried on many medications in the past, and now am having success with a medication that does not have much of an effect on serotonin.

Good luck at your doctor's appointment.

A.

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