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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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Pmdd-Getting Worse! Really Need Help/advice

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Hello everyone-

So I've had PMDD since I was about 18 years old. Every month its the exact same symptoms. It starts out with a tinge or irritability, flashes of irritating thoughts, then leading to utter hopelessness and depression, crying spells for no reason, extreme sensitivity to everything, questioning everything around me (my reality, my relationships, my choice of lifestyle, my school, etc), anger flashes, extreme irritation, total dissasociation from people or the world, cant study, low concentration, have little to no care about doing anything, etc.

There have also been some rather unusual effects that Id like to bring up also. Things I notice a lot when its about 8-11 days before my menses are:

-An unusual need to change my hair/looks/appereance. Crash dieting and buying weird products for instant gratification

-Impulsively buying new clothes and furniture

-Cleaning a LOT. Getting upset when others dont clean a lot.

-Impulsively buying things I dont need

-Eating a lot. Like really binge eating. Eating several bowls of ice cream and pasta in a day.

-Constantly looking at myself in a weird light? I cant explain it. All of a sudden I convince myself that Im ugly or something. I actually think Im very pretty but when I get like this there is no convincing me!

-Always thinking my boyfriend is cheating. This is something i have under control but its as if I WANT to argue with him. Its like I have an impulse to change EVERYTHING.

Even more unusual things that ONLY occur on this time:

-Stealing. Yeah. For some reason I am impulsively stealing small things during this time. I do not have cleptomania I promise, its like the rush I get from it is some sort of weird self medication!

-Doing drugs. I always want to do illegal drugs when I am 8-11 days before menses. <---this is not something I should be doing every month and I keep telling myself I wont do it, but then Im so miserable from my periods I keep wanting to do it and it seems to provide relief.

I was offered prozac for treatment, I took it for 2-5 days and had HORRIBLE reactions to it. It literally made me feel like I was losing my mind. For example I was at a bar with my boyfriend (not drinking) and all of a sudden I completely felt like I was having an out of body experience. During that time I was trying to read a menu and completely forgot how to read. I know that sounds crazy but it lasted for about 10 minutes where i couldnt read anything or understand words. Physical side effects were worse. I had numbness in my right hand and shooting tingling sensations all over my limbs. In the middle of the night I woke up with what I can describe as "brain shivers". I felt like I could "feel" chemicals in my brain, it was dreadful and I couldnt sleep without having extremely weird nightmarish dreams. Also I had VERY strong eye pain in one eye. Like all of a sudden my eye in the back would hurt really badly to the point where I would have to put my head down.

So Prozac is NOT for me. When I got off of it only been on it for 2-5 days I had INSANELY bad brain zaps. This was just like torture. I hate this drug so much I cant even tell you.

So now Im terrified to try something else. I feel like I have a very good handle on how my symptoms are, and what chemicals are clearly being depleted in this aspect. Does it sound like an SSRi will treat this? I feel like i might need to be offered an SNRI instead?

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That would be horrible to go through that every month. You said Prozac is out, and that is what I have heard is used mostly for menstrual disorders. It sounds like you are very sensitve to SSRIs. The symptoms you describe could also be something else - have you been evaluated overall or just for this disorder? Maybe talk to your doctor about trying other methods/meds besides the serotonin ones? SNRIs affect serotonin, but also other neurotransmitters. I don't know anything about PMDD. It sounds like you clearly have a good idea of what goes on with you. I hope you can find a way to treat this.

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That would be horrible to go through that every month. You said Prozac is out, and that is what I have heard is used mostly for menstrual disorders. It sounds like you are very sensitve to SSRIs. The symptoms you describe could also be something else - have you been evaluated overall or just for this disorder? Maybe talk to your doctor about trying other methods/meds besides the serotonin ones? SNRIs affect serotonin, but also other neurotransmitters. I don't know anything about PMDD. It sounds like you clearly have a good idea of what goes on with you. I hope you can find a way to treat this.

:)

Im sorry I totally didnt see this posted till today, thanks so much for the reply.

Yes Ive been only diagnosed with PMDD because Im like this literally two weeks before menses and then it just goes away. Im totally myself otherwise and happy/optimistic. I have a feeling I have depleted my neurotransmitters a lot from doing these illegal drugs every month. This last month its been every TWO weeks. So I am definitely in bad shape right now.

Yes, lol Im super sensitive to SSRIs. I have gotten my script of Zoloft today, and have only taken 12.5 mg.

I feel ok. More numb really. I still feel sad but it feels more "flat". I cant explain. Anywho I pray this works because I really need help. I feel like Im screwing up my life because of this and if this doesnt work I guess I can ask her to move me onto SNRIs?

The only thing Ive noticed so far is that Im sweating a lot.

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