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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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Remeron / Mirtazapine Sore Throat?

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Hello I've been digging around this site trying to find a thread in which someone had gone through a similar situation but haven't found exactly what I'm looking for so asking directly to see if that uncovers anything more.

(Bit of back story) After having a horrific time on 20mg and then 40mg of Fluoxetine my doctor switched me to Mirtazapine. I started off on a dosage of 30mg. Compared to the Fluoxetine it felt amazing, i was sleeping better started eating again and things didn't feel as manic as they had previously felt. Once my body got used to the new tablets I started to dip again and just feel really low. I went back to my doctors and we increased the dosage to 45mg...

This is where my question begins. I took my first 45mg tablet before bed on a Monday night. On the Tuesday I had the worst sore throat I've ever had. My glands well swollen, I had a fever, all my body just ached (like I'd climbed 6 mountains in one day), all i could do was just sleep, I had zero energy. I finally went to the doctors on the Friday where i got blood taken and some antibiotics.

Been on the antibiotics for a week now and its cleared up mostly. I still get a sore throat and night and in the morning but don't know if im just over thinking it...

I've read a lot online about Mirtazapine lowering your white blood count (the reason the dr took blood) and that in rare cases it can cause agranulocytosis. I wasnt's sure if me being ill was just coincidental timing or if it could be my blood count.

Has anyone had any similar experiences with sore throats and low blood counts on Mirtazapine?

I'm back at the doctor on monday for my results. I'm worried, and having to wait isn't helping...

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I'm afraid I don't have much to contribute, except that I've just started on mirtazapine and have a terrible sore throat after week one! No other symptoms to speak of, no swollen glands, no fever, no aches...other than the sore throat, I feel great! I've been guzzling Emergen-C like it's my job, and I'm a bit of a recluse (don't go out much, terrible social anxiety) so I don't know that I could've caught something... it just might be the mirtazapine! I'll follow this post to see what you find out.

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hi i hope ur results are ok x

ive been on mirtazapine for 12 days and i now have cold sore throat and achy limbs especially my arms. it feels like restless leg syndrome but in my arms its driving me mad. i too am seeing the doc again on monday so i will ask him about this. the thing is i think the med is just starting to work on my depression and anxiety and the thought of another change of med makes me anxious!

lets hope we've just got the usual winter cold sore throat that will soon disappear!! x

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hi all. just started mirtazapine 4 nights ago. only 7.5mg. i have a terrible sore throat. i tend to have a sore throat when i get really tired out...and boy the mirtazapine is knocking me out! but, what i think might be happening is i am so snocked out that i am SNORING. I have never been told i snore. the last two mornings i have sortof half woken up and caught myself snoring. what a weird sensation. feels kinda good to snore actually. ha ha. maybe that is causing the sore throats. all the other posts on this thread are from over one month ago. anyone found any other cause? or got input from your doc? has the sore throat gone away? i will take the sore throat over the ssri nausea....for now.

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The first week or so after taking Remeron (started at 7.5mg for a few days now at 15mg) I did get a slight soar throat once or twice in the evening, but I think that's just beause I was really tired, up kind of late, etc.... That has happened before and in the morning I'd feel better as was the case with this instance. I didn't have a soar throat in the morning, nor any other flu or cold like symptoms. I'm about to up my dose to either 22.5mg or 30mg, so we'll see if that caues any soar throats. If it does, I will let you know.

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Hi again,

I took 30mg of Remeron last night, and I think I noticed this morning a slight soar throat, especially after drinking something acidic. Not sure if it's the Remeron or not. One thing I've read is that there is a 1 in a 1000 chance that someone might get a condition where Remeron causes low white blood cell count, which I think causes infections, and one sign could be a soar throat. So, if you are concerned about the soar throat being caused by Remeron, you might ask your doctor to check your white blood cell count, and while they are at it, you might as well have them check your liver enzymes, etc... to make sure all is well.

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Wow I'm sure glad I paid this site a visit...

I've been on Mirtazapine for four weeks now. Came down with "step throat" with fever, aches and pains over two and a half weeks ago, and went on antibiotics, which helped some, but I still have a sore throat. I knew Mirtazapine might give you dry mouth...no kidding ! Now I keep a large glass of water on my bedside table. I already had dry mouth (eyes too) from meds. but now it's twice as bad, my mouth feels parched.

The first few nights I had restless legs too, but that's passed. A few years ago I struggled with restless legs syndrome when my iron-ferritin levels dropped. I began taking iron supplements for it and the restless leg thing disappeared. Now I see the connection. Mertazapine can cause your white blood cell count to drop, inviting infection... hence my strep throat.

I bet it brought down my iron levels, causing the restless legs too. Both are side effects of taking Mertazapine.

Now to tackle the constant munchies....grrrr.

Otherwise I feel terrific.....I'm sleeping soundly, having cool, very vivid dreams, the brain fog has lifted, anxiety and depression is a thing of the past (for now that is) and more importantly I'm smiling again.

I've got to weigh the good with the bad... so keeping my fingers crossed.

ps. I also take sertraline and methylphenidate.

Tulip

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