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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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How Do You Experience Anxiety?

How Do You Experience Anxiety?   144 members have voted

  1. 1. Which type(s) of anxiety disorder do you have?

    • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
    • Social anxiety disorder/Social phobia
    • Agoraphobia
    • Other phobia(s) - please explain
    • Panic disorder
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • Other(s) - please explain
  2. 2. Do you think anxiety is your worst problem?


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Hello. For me my anxiety seems to come from a few different angles. The first major issue which has been with me since my early teens has been related to insecurity with my appearance. On the surface, I know these insecurities are all in my head. I know that even if they weren't, they're a silly thing to spend so much of my life worrying about. But even so, beyond the surface, there's something deep inside of me making me doubt the things which should be common sense, even to the extent of making me feel a weird kind of guilt over the way I look.

Secondly social anxiety, I guess. Part of it I suppose stems from the above issue I mentioned, but there's just a crippling fear of meeting up with people in general. As I've posted before I've become somewhat a shut-in these past 2 years, avoiding social situations as much as possible. People seem to think that I've snubbed them on purpose, but it just isn't the case and I wish I could explain things. It just feels ridiculously hard to talk to other people about the way I feel in person, I have so much respect for the people who are able to do it. I hope I'll be able to do so one day.

Finally, there's an issue which generates so much anxiety it's unreal. I dare not even broach the subject, as silly as it may sound it feels like there would be consequences for doing so. The actual subject matter is inconsequential I think anyway, the thing I find alarming is the way my mind wants to deal with it. It's as if I've developed certain thought patterns which alleviates the anxiety of the perceived situation/thought. I've had the issue for as long as I can remember to some extent. It's not pure anxiety I guess, from what I've read it sounds similar to OCD, but I'm not exactly qualified to self diagnose. The reason I mention it is I've noticed when my overall anxiety/stress levels are high this particular issue gets much worse.

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I have depression, GAD, and Panic Disorder. My depression I believe stems from my anxiety. I'm almost always anxious, but only depressed sometimes. I get anxious about everything, it's like my mind and body way overreact to everything. I hate being out in public. I hate being in crowds or having people too close to me. I've had panic attacks just from someone breathing over my shoulder. I don't like going to family functions because of it, and it sucks. Before I lost my job (because of my battle with mental illness), I would shake literally the entire time at work, sweat like crazy, and feel as though I was on the verge of screaming.

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Apologies for my last one word post. I'm posting from my phone since I have no other Internet access.

I get horrible health anxiety about any small ailment. My anxious brain automatically assumes it's the worst possible thing and that it will **** me. That makes panic attacks even more horrifying. Last summer I convinced myself I had lymphoma and had expensive blood tests done. Last fall it was throat cancer. The last 6 months it's been skin cancer. Over the last couple days my wisdom tooth has been swelling and now I'm convincing myself the infection is spreading to my body and making me septic. Unfortunately I don't have dental insurance and my rich parents refuse to help me out since I'm at the 'ripe old age' of 23 and should be able to handle all my own expenses.

Hopefully this celexa kicks in soon and chills me out!

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Hey

At the moment im not coping with my anxiety, anxiety has controlled my life for a long time. Everytime i want to do something, i think "What if its the wrong decision im making?", "What if i get hurt?", "Its too dangerous, i should probably not do it". Worst case scenarios are going through my head everyday and wholeday, its almost like my mind cant switch off. The anxiety that im experiencing is very bad, i usually get so nervous that i cant even speak, i start to stutter, my heart beats faster, my hands get sweaty, my voice shakes and my face starts twitching. Sometimes my panic attacks are so bad that it feels like im detaching from the rest of the world, everything seems so different and distorted and i become extremely jumpy. My ears become so sensitive that any small sound will make me jump because everything seems so much louder when im getting a panic attack. Anxiety has destroyed my life, it has stopped me from doing many things that i wanted to do, sometimes i just feel like staying indoors (my anxiety has isolated me from the rest of the world). I suffer from generalized anxiety disorder and ocd.

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Well here is the short version, I've had the chronic anxiety attacks for 10 years, it certainly produces many real physical symptoms, they vary but I always have several going at once, and it most certainly has been life controlling. I have severe depression as well, and they feed each other. Its a circle and no meds work on me. I'm alone too, and that makes me worse, as I hate being alone. Though I still had attacks, I was able to do better than when alone. I'm a veteran and have been very unhappy with past care at the VA hospitals.

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any noise makes me jump and I feel on edge a lot..

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I am so glad I am not alone in my anxiety, (but I really wish for all of us it would go away). The anxiety I feel sometimes almost immobilizes me. At its worst I feel like I can't talk or communicate with the outside world and when I do I feel like it's someone else talking because I am somewhere deep inside. Most of the time it's not that bad though, thank goodness. Mostly I feel like I am jacked up on coffee. I rarely drink coffee anymore, and never first thing in the morning, because of the anxiety. Tea doesn't seem to affect me the same way. It's just this turmoil in my gut that won't go away. And sometimes it makes me feel all shakey. I have had to leave work before because of a panic attack. I didn't think I was going to be able to drive all the way home. But I did. Sometimes I can manage it well, by regulating self talk, convincing myself it's excitement instead of anxiety, or by just forcing myself to do things. Sometimes I can't. I love to shop. When anxiety kept me from thrift shopping I knew it was bad! That may sound silly, but for me thrift shopping is a wonderful adventure! And if I can't get out of my house to do that, I am really struggling.

I have exercised when feeling this way, and at first it feels like my heart is going to beat right out of my chest! But once I get my breathing regulated it helps for a while. But there have been times I feel anxiety after a work out too. :(

In the past I used to have panic attacks....they felt more managable because they would go away. Now it is this feeling of anxiety most of the time.

Someone mentioned being exhausted because of the anxiety. I totally relate. It's so draining. And I feel like it does make me more forgetful too.

When I just have anxiety and there is no reason, not even a small reason, somehow it makes me more anxious because there is no explanation. Explanations help me manage anxiety. (Even if the explanation isn't true really, it can still help! Does that make sense to anyone else?)

I wish everyone at least some moments of restful peace today.

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At least benzos work well on anxiety, but you can't take them all the time.... I wish you could because I am only able to sleep now, otherwise anxiety comes back and destroys me. Before starting cymbalta I was an insomniac, but it made me so sleepy I took it at night and now sleep, but it doesn't help much for the anxiety... Mind you it doesn't take much for me to get anxious, the kids ask a question, the wind changes direction, it get too cold, whatever. It exhibits as a need to get to bed, leave the store with or without the food, before I pass out or do something stupid.... Is anybody else this screwed up with anxiety, and what helped you most.

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I've had social anxiety since I could converse. I spent the first years hiding behind my mom. At school I didn't talk to people and would cry at the suggestion...depression started when I was 13, along with an ED. Now I'm on meds and still don't go out of my way to talk to people, but don't get sad about it like I used to. I can laugh at my problems, which I can now see the rediculous nature of.

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Oh and keeping blood sugars level really helps the anxiety a lot for me. Too little sugar, too much exercise makes it really bad.

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I think in general my depression and anxiety are hand in hand. I can remember being a very small child in preschool and being terrified to go home bc for some reason I thought i would get a spanking. Thats how my anxiety started I think. I would do something at school or before school and be scared all day of the beating that was waiting for me at home. Not to say my parents were bad people. I know now that my mom was dealing with her own mental illnesses. I wish i could have one day completely free of anxiety and suicidal thoughts.

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I have depression and anxiety with social phobia too. I'm pretty sure I have GAD too but never been diagnosed with it officially. For me the depression came first and then the anxiety came out of nowhere when I was in social situations and that happened for about a year and then I started getting constant anxiety. Then I pretty much became housebound except for going to school so I don't think I was an agoraphobic, I just couldn't cope being around people. I was lucky I went to a very small school for people with mental health problems. I had therapy until I was 15 and I was getting on good until about a year ago when my panic attacks came back for no reason and now I'm on medication for that and the last few months I've had pretty bad depression.

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I think I've always had social anxiety but a lot of people chalked it up to me being shy (I am to a degree, but I'm an introvert moreso). When I was in college, I hit my first bout of severe depression, and I had anxiety attacks a couple times between classes. I've not had any those severe since, but I still get pretty anxious. I have just had to force myself to find ways to deal with it and control it as much as I can. The one thing that really sets off my anxiety like nothing else though is large crowds. I am so so so so uncomfortable in large crowds, and my anxiety is intense until I can get someplace where there aren't so many people. Sometimes when I'm with other people in such a situation, I have to tell them I need to get away from the crowd, and they're good about understanding because they see me getting fairly agitated.

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Anxiety has taken my life from me.

I can no longer go out the door on my own, be left alone, I can't take a trip to the shops, get on public transport, talk to people I don't know, sleep, spend time away from my fiancé. I just can't seem to do it.

I have no life because of this, drives me mad.

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I have had Anxiety for 11 years and only started dealing with it when i turned 17 ( im now 21) I was on meds for about 2 years and then stopped because i got pregnant, ever sense then i havent been of of meds and my anxiety has only gotten worse, i have a job and i just dont think i can do it anymore...im not happy at all. I dont like it when people try an come up and ask me questions during work and having to talk to them. I just want to go home, stay inside with my daughter and play with her when she is with me( she is at her dads most of the time), but i know that isnt good for her either...I'm not happy doing what i do for work, every night i go to sleep dreading having to go to work in the morning, and every morning i just barely get up to go and do my job..

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I don't have a diagnosis (yet), but my psych has pointed out that I have a terrible fear of rejection, and almost all of my anxieties, and my depression, are are result of it.

I avoid many situations that make me anxious, have suffered from depression multiple times, and have weird physical stuff. I also suffered from panic attacks (hyperventilation), but I haven't had one anymore in almost a year. The biggest problem is the constant worrying and barely having a social life.

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I've had depression for a long time so no it didn't trigger it. The anxiety came much later. I believe being in college has triggered it. I have ADD and tend to procrastinate my school work which then causes me to have a panic attack. When I panic I cry, hyperventilate, and I feel like my heart is racing. It feels so awful sometimes I just want to die. I am not really dealing with it as I still have panic attacks sometimes. I also worry constantly in general about dying, other people dying, having a disease (most recently I've been worrying constantly about having HIV which I most likely do not have but am too scared to get tested haha I reaize how insane this is). I also have social anxiety and I have very few friends because of this. Anxiety runs my life pretty much.

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I have always had a fear of being in front of very large groups. This goes back to school events as a kid and up through my professional career. However, I was always very adept socially in most any other situation (smaller groups, one on one).

The older I get though, I have developed more anxiety over other social situations. I have increasingly turned into a bit of a loner. I'm a fortunate in having a supportive, loving wife and one child.

I recently became aware of the fact that my job is in serious jeopardy. This is creating a tremendous amount of anxiety. I realize this is largely normal. However, in my case, I fear it is worse than it is for others as I am envisioning scenarios involving having to starting over at a new company where I don't know anyone and it is bringing front and center in my life my social anxieties (being introduced to large groups of new people "forced" socializing outside work with new peers, etc). The thought of this is really frightening to me.

I'm coping the best I know how. Just taking one day at a time, exercising, eating well, trying to get adequate rest, etc. I'm planning on looking at med options soon. I'm glad I found this forum as well. As we all know, it is easy to feel like you are the only person out there dealing with this level of anxiety. It is comforting to know I am not alone.

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I've been have more anxiety lately, mostly due to stress. I've been experiencing tense shoulders, chest pains, shallow breathing, racing thoughts, feeling "trapped" like I don't want to move or can't move. I forget that I can try to change the moment and feel stuck in that emotion or state.

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Hello All

I have just subscribed to this website,

I have been suffering GAD and panic attacks for quite a few years now but it has got alot worse recently, the worst thing is attacks seem to come out of nowhere,

I get the pressure in my head, nausea, shakes, detached feeling and about to pass out,but ringing in my ears is constant. IT IS A NIGHTMARE!

It's started to effect my work and my family life.

I worry that i'm going to have a stroke or heart attack, i even started taking aspirin everyday just in case!

I know i have to learn to not worry about everything but it is easier said than done.

I don;t want to take medication and would rather know if there is a herbal remedy that would help out there! :verysad3:

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My anxiety came first and caused my depression (well, it was one of the causes of my depression). Back then I would have said my anxiety, but my depression now seems to be my worst problem...I guess. :/

That sounds like me, I've always had anxiety but it led to my depression, 100%

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