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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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wannabhappy

Risperidone After Zyprexa (Olanzapine)

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Hi I've been taking fluoxetine 40mg and Olanzapine 10mg. This combo has worked great for me apart from the weight gain. I had a gastric bypass 2 years ago and lost over 6 stone so the weight gain has really upset me!!

Anyway my Pdoc has finally agreed to change me from Olanzapine (zyprexa) to Risperidone. I'm really just wondering what peoples views are on this med. Did anyone have weight gain?? I really don't want to take it if I had more weight gain - I managed my diet quite strictly on the Olanzapine and even though I was only have 1000-1200 calories a day I was still putting on weight.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

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Hi wannabhappy.

I've taken both Zyprexa, and Risperidone (Risperdal).

For me, I don't think the Risperidone caused weight gain, however it did make me feel restless.

Everyone's experiences are different though. I hope Risperidone works for you.

Take care.

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I was just switched from olanzapine to risperdal too, but we're crossing over slowly so I'm still on 5 mg of olanzapine (formerly I was on 10) and introducing risperdal at .5 mg for a week then up to 1 mg. The olanzapine wasn't working for me anymore. The only thing I've noticed is that my sleep is not as deep and I'm dreaming more. At 10 mg of olanzapine, I was basically in a coma every night, and I don't feel that way anymore. I hope the risperdal does help me sleep once we've dropped the olanzapine completely. I'll let you know.

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Thanks for replying. I've been told just to stop taking the Zyprexa and start straight away on the new med?? Yeah I know what you mean about the coma induced sleep - I love going to bed and sleeping so soundly. I really like the Zyprexa but the weight gain was just awful - I hope I can lose what I put on.

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Although Zyprexa worked great, I didn't like the weight gain either. I was switched to Risperdal (straight from Z to R with no tapering down of dose.) The first thing that happened with the switch is the weight started coming off slowly. I'm quite active and eat a healthy diet. Both are really necesssary for weight management.

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Although weight gain was not the reason for the switch, I'm hoping to lose weight too. I didn't gain a tremendous amount of weight from Z, but I'm definitely heavier than when I started it. I've got to get back to the gym; I'm guilty of that, but my food intake isn't too bad. Hoping for the best! Some people do gain weight on R too, I sure hope I'm not one of those people. I'll let you know.

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How many mgs of R are each of you on? I'm going up to 1 mg (from .5) tomorrow night.

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Well day one on R and I'm not feeling too good, feeling pretty anxious and have actually cried for the first time in a long time. I'm wondering if I should have still be taking the olanzapine and tapering them off slowly rather than just stopping.

Does anyone know if I can take 2mg of Risperidrone as well as say 2.5mg of Olanzapine??

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Well day one on R and I'm not feeling too good, feeling pretty anxious and have actually cried for the first time in a long time. I'm wondering if I should have still be taking the olanzapine and tapering them off slowly rather than just stopping.

Does anyone know if I can take 2mg of Risperidrone as well as say 2.5mg of Olanzapine??

Hi wannabhappy.

Unfortunately, we here at DF are not professionals, so we can't give you medical advice.

Please ask your doctor.

You can always come here for emotional support. We are always ready to listen.

Take care.

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Sorry I was only looking for some advice. How long do you think it'll take the R to kick in?? I need it to kick in now. I really can't believe the difference a day makes :(

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Like Aqua Violet said, it's better to ask your doc, but my unprofessional opinion says it's okay to take the two meds together because that's exactly what I've been doing. My doc's instructions were to lower the Z to 5 (from 10), take .5 mg R for one week, then 1 mg R for another week, then 1.5 R the next week, all while staying on 5 mgs of Z. I see him in two weeks, and I'm guessing he'll either take me off the Z or lower it to 2.5 for a couple of weeks. He's afraid to take me off the Z completely because he's going away, and I guess he wants to be around if I have a bad reaction to going off. I would give your doc a call and ask if that's ok, don't take my word for it. I'm feeling the reduction in Z, but it's not too bad. Just some disturbed sleep and minor fatigue. My pharmacist told me that it can take a week for the R to start working. My doctor says, in the worst case, it can be 3 weeks. You need relief before that, so please call your doc and ask if you can slowly be weaned off the Z. I feel your pain. I'm so sorry you're feeling this bad.

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suzallsopp thanks for taking the time to reply. I have always been ultra sensitive to coming off meds so maybe just stopping the Z is just a bit too much for my system to cope with. I just have that knot in my stomach which I know is anxiety. My thoughts are also worrying me. I think I might take some Z tonight and phone my doc again in the morning.

thanks again - its good to chat to someone who's going through the same thing as me

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To: wannabhappy....I'm the exact same way with meds. I feel and worry about every little thing. Are you on the Z or R for anxiety? For me it was for worrisome thoughts that my pdoc diagnosed as anxiety based. The Z wasn't helping me anymore, so we decided to try the R. I'm just worried about the sleep issue. I hope it resolves itself. Please keep me posted on your progress. I'll do the same. Best of luck!

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hiya yeah its for severe anxiety. I constantly worried about every little thing even though I knew deep down I coouldn't control any of it. The Z worked perfect for me but the weight gain was the only negative. I just hope R works just as good for me. I'm also on fluoxetine syrup for depression. The sleep is something I'm worried about too - last night I went to sleep ok but didn't sleep as deeply and then woke earlier this morning to the birds singing which was nice apart from it being 6am!

Please keep me posted on how your doing - hope its going ok today for you.

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So far, so good. I'm very tired after increasing the R to 1 mg last night. The sleep issues seem to be better. I'm actually looking forward to stopping the Z in two weeks so I'm not so sedated.

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