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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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Hi. I'm new here on this site. I'm currently being treated for a unipolar depression with anxiety. My current meds are 40 mg Paxil, 1 mg xanax xr 2x/day (total 2 mg), 10 mg dexedrine sr 2x/day (total 20 mg) and 10 mg zyprexa. I started the zyprexa at 2.5 mgs this past May, and it was working great. Life events got in the way, and we gradually had to up the zyprexa to 10 mgs. I've only been on the 10 mg for 3 nights. I'm very concerned that this is a very high dose for someone who is not bipolar or psychotic and have been really anxious about it. Ironic, isn't it, anxious about the meds that I'm prescribed for anxiety. Is there anyone out there who is also on zyprexa, and at what dose?

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It's not uncommon for dosage changes in these medications to cause more anxiety and I agree it does have some irony to it. I would certainly ask your Dr. why the choice to increase the Zyprexa instead of maybe the Paxil. I'd express your concerns that it is more commonly used for bi-polar and psychotic disorders, so maybe just voice it as a curiosity and concern question vs. a challenge, which I'm sure your MD. would understand.

Sincerely,

MaddieLouise

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Hello

I am currently on zyprexa 5mg as an augmentor of my anti depressant.

I am currently exceeding the recommended maximum dose of my anti depressant, so when my doctor adjusts my meds, it is the zyprexa that he adjusts.

I have found that even small increases in zyprexa have really made a positive difference. He once tried to wean me off the zyprexa but I started to go downhill, so I am back on 5mg.

So I would say I have a positive experience of the drug overall. I still struggle with the sedation side effect. He that been bothering you?

Anyway,as Maddielouise has said, best to discuss your concerns with your doctor. Your medication plan should be a collaborative effort between the two of you.

Best of luck.

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hi i am also on 10mg of zyprexa to boost my other anti depressants

it has been a life saver for me, the only thing i dont like is the weight gain but im working on that

i also take mirtazapine and sertraline.

zyprexa is often used in this way dont worry x

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Yeah, CSH, I'm struggling with the sedation. It didn't bother me much at 5 mg or even 7.5, but the 10 is knocking me on my butt. Luckily I didn't gain weight yet from the drug, I'm hoping that the increase doesn't cause that. I eat pretty well and exercise fairly regularly, so hopefully I'll be able to avoid weight gain.

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