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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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benmurphy83

First Week On Prozac...

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Hi Everyone,

Today, I just finished my first week on Prozac to combat my increasing anxiety issues. The first day or two was fine. I felt a little better as if a fog was beginning to lift in my head and my anxiety had decreased (though not all the way). However, around day 5 my anxiety started to peak. I would start to wake up hours earlier than I normally do and I would be shaking and fidgeting. The anxiety would build the rest of the day. Its almost as bad as the worst times I had anxiety before I started taking the medicine.

I guess I am really discouraged because I really want these meds to help. I know from reading the forums that some people have hard times on Prozac, but that they eventually lead to profound progress. Does anyone have any experiences with this either way? I am feeling a little lost here. Thanks and God Bless.

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Hi there. I believe all you are experiencing side effects. I know it takes 2 to 3 months for prozac to have effect and up to 4 weeks for it to start working, but you may expereince the side effects from the first days. I started sleeping excessivelyon the 5th day and it passed after a month. I don't have problems with anxiety but I feel quite restless lately and I thought it might be the prozac. That is all of my experience. I believe you need to have an appointment soon with your doctor, just share with him/her your observations. I'm sure they will put your mind at ease.

Good luck

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I took Prozac for many years before it stopped working for me. I felt improvement within a couple of weeks and start feeling really great within a month. We all have different experiences so I encourage to try and hang in there a little longer. My side effects were very minor and subsided in less than a couple of weeks.

Lindahurt

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I just started on prozac today. how are you doing on it?

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I feel for you. I recently upped my dose after dropping it for a bit and it really worked well for a couple days and not feels like it is coming back. I think that makes it extra hard to cope because you feel that great feeling of being anxiety/depression free and then crash back down again. Here is to hoping it levels out for both of us! Hope you feel better.

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I'd give it a bit longer and see how you feel. My daughter went on Lovan (prozac) and barely had any side effects - she was lucky.

Hopefully you will feel a bit better each day, but it can take 6 - 8 weeks for it to take full effect,

If you are concerned, ring your Psychiatrist and discuss your symptons.

Wishing you well

Leebux

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I can't say anything about profound effects, but Prozac does work.

Give it at least 4 weeks to start working. I became really hungry using the 1st week, then went back to normal. Started to see improvements after 4-5 weeks.

Your anxiety could just be from your desire to feel better - might not be the Prozac but check with your doctor to be sure.

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Hey, Prozac was a lifesaver for me years back took me out of my slump. Im not back in a slump, 2007 was the last time that I had taken prozac and im on my first week also, day numb 4, I havent cried for two days which is good but my anxiety is still there and the nervousness in my tummy. I think we just need to make it past these days and it we will be back to normal. I agree with the above maybe its our desire to feel better and we need to just give it a chance. Only side effects ive had is headaches and dry mouth i hate the dry mouth gets worse in the evening for me. Im only on 20mg to start as lastime i took it i ended with 40mg. Never had any other problems on the med and I came off of it with no problems also. Is it possible that it would be working within the first few days?

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