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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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mandababe

Losing The Weight After Citalopram

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Hey,

Last may i was prescribed 20mgs of Citalopram and after a couple of months i hadn't gained any weight. The 20mgs wern't working so the doctor put me up to 40mgs. Within 3 months I had gained around 21pounds. I didnt eat anymore and was still jogging almost everyday. Going from a 6foot size 10 (english 10) to a flabby 12 and not being able to fit in my hotpants lol for the first few months it didnt bother me as i was so low the tablets were technically keeping me alive. But after a while, with my weight having been an issue all my adult life, i have always maintained a good toned figure, i started to get so low about it i went back and complained to the doctor, who, even though he knew about my previous bad relationship with my weight ( i was addicted to laxatives at one point and ate no more than 500calories a day for about 5 months) he told me to stick with them. I have been dieting and exercising 6days a week since january (this year 2011) and after nothing happening i took myself off them against the doctors advice but i didnt care i want to be thin again, i have reams of cloths i cannot wear! anyhow it is now august and although the doctor told me it can take up to 3months after stopping the meds for your body to regulate again i have lost no more than half a stone.3 months He told me that if i was still struggling to lose the gained weight after afew more months that i had to go and have blood tests. I am pretty distraught about it, i have now started taking laxatives and making myself sick most days in a panic to get in my bikinis in september! i know its stupid but it is panic and i cant help it, im pretty angry with the doctor for ignoring my complaints about the weight gain because both he and i should have known it would affect my mental state, although to be honest these days all doctors want to do is get you out of the office as quickly as possible, targets and all that! I want to know if anyone else has not been able to shift the weight gained on the meds after stopping them, and if so, did any of have you have any tests, did they reveal an underactive thyroid or anything else??? (i was told that as they mess your metabolism u[p people can be left with thyroid issues for a while??)

Amanda :)

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I've been on Citalopram for almost 2 months now after stopping for a few months before. I thought it was the medicine that had made me gain 10 pounds in a month but now that I started taking it again I havent gained any weight, I've actually been losing weight. But my doctor also added Vyvanse to my medicine for my adhd and since its a stimulant it helps curb my appetite and gives me energy, she said that should help offset any issues with the Citalopram and keep me from gaining weight. I've had bloodwork though and have come up negative for any thyroid issues. My mom also was on Citalopram and it actually made her lose a ton of weight. I guess it just reacts differently in different people. My dr said it can make some people gain but some people say they lose weight. I wouldnt recommend worrying yourself up to where you are taking laxatives and stuff though. Thats not good for your body :( Have you ever tried Luvox? I took that medication for a while and had awesome results with it for my obsessive worrying on top of the depression and anxiety issues I have. Hope you get it figured out! happy.gif

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no im abit dubios now about any meds for it due to the weight gain. like i said ive been excersing that much ive been in pain with sore muscles etc its just not comin off. i got an appointment at the docs on monday tho so i suppose il see then. i was readin a blog on another site tho that freaked me out a little, sayin that people were campaigning to have it removed from use because of the issues surrounding side effects and that apparently its one of the worst for weight gain which is very hard to shift once its there which realllllly scared me...ive always been slim, dont get me wrong im not fat by any meeans but from being a nice toned bod im not flabby, with love handles n flabby top thighs and arms :( keep u posted x

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Interesting reading this as I have been on 40mg of Citalopram for 12 months now and I have an underactive thyroid, I'm taking 150mcg of thyroxine a day. Since being on the Citalopram I have gained a whole stone, but the bigger and more depressing issue for me is since being on thyroxine (15 years now with slowly increasing dosage) I have put on another 3 stone! I am now heavier than I was full term with both of my children and it's getting to the point it is affecting my whole life. My marriage is hanging by a thread because I have such self hatred I do not want my husband anywhere near me, I walk my dogs for an hour every day and although I work in a bank I try to keep moving as much as possible and even stand to serve people rather than sit all the time. My back is near breaking point because of all the extra weight and trying to do any form of exercise leaves me crippled for days and then I have to take tramadol for the pain. I feel like I'm in a vicious circle and mandababe I really hope you shifted your extra weight without having to use the laxatives at least you're young enough to burn it off. Don't end up a 40 something blob like me :( x

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