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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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Cymbalta - How Long Should It Take To Adjust To This Med?

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I started on 20 mg of Cymbalta on the 13th of March and changed to 30 mg. on the 23rd. Every day is different: one day I feel driven to keep busy. The next I feel anxious. The next "I don't give a darn." I believe I'm feeling less depressed, but I'd love to know how long to expect the weirdness to last.

Thanks for any input.

Mommell

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It typically takes a month-6 weeks. But 30 mg isnt a very high dose, so you might not notice a huge difference.

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Thanks for your input. I seem to be very sensitive to all meds, so for me, 30mg is a lot. I sure hope I get past these symptoms soon. I wake up different each morning.

Mommell

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Hi Mommell,

It took a good month for me to start having days of "normalcy" and a decrease in the start-up side effects. I slowly increased my dosage and now take 90 mg., which has proven most helpful.

I hope you don't go through too much suffering with Cymbalta, but most ADs cause some sort of start-up side effects.

Sincerely,

MaddieLouise

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Hi, MaddieLouise.

Thanks for your input. My fingers are crossed that I'll adjust to Cymbalta soon.

We've tried eight (yes, 8) different ADs and they all had side effects I couldn't tolerate. So far, even though I'm going through emotional/mental swings, I don't have to live in the bathroom. (hope that isn't too specific.)

I find that if I take .5mg of Ativan (the generic) before I go to sleep, even though I wake up during the night, I can fall asleep again. For months, I'd wake up at 4 a.m. and just watch the clock until 7 a.m., and still didn't want to get out of bed.

How long have you been on Cymbalta?

Attitude and Gratitude,

Mommell

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I have gotten as high as 120mg but that was too sedating for me. I now take 60mg, I've taken Cymbalta for 5 years. I find it helps my fibromyalgia more than it helps my depression.

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Hi, MaddieLouise.

Thanks for your input. My fingers are crossed that I'll adjust to Cymbalta soon.

We've tried eight (yes, 8) different ADs and they all had side effects I couldn't tolerate. So far, even though I'm going through emotional/mental swings, I don't have to live in the bathroom. (hope that isn't too specific.)

I find that if I take .5mg of Ativan (the generic) before I go to sleep, even though I wake up during the night, I can fall asleep again. For months, I'd wake up at 4 a.m. and just watch the clock until 7 a.m., and still didn't want to get out of bed.

How long have you been on Cymbalta?

Attitude and Gratitude,

Mommell

Hi Mommell,

I've been on Cymbalta for 5 years, with about 4.5 of those at 90 mg., and thus far it's still working for me. I understand the stomach upset. Maybe if you eat something light and then take the Cymbalta about 20 minutes later, it would settle with you better.

I had some horrible side effects; the worst being the insomnia and just feeling nauseated all the time. It finally went away (although slowly) starting at a 4 weeks in.

I do think it's worth the wait if you can tolerate it.

Sincerely,

MaddieLouise

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I started on 20 mg of Cymbalta on the 13th of March and changed to 30 mg. on the 23rd. Every day is different: one day I feel driven to keep busy. The next I feel anxious. The next "I don't give a darn." I believe I'm feeling less depressed, but I'd love to know how long to expect the weirdness to last.

Thanks for any input.

Mommell

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Hi, I'm on cymbalta 90mg. It works pretty good for me but there are still times when I DO get depressed. I have some other medical problems and visiting my GP always makes me crash. I started cymbalta at 60 mg from an SSRI and at that time I noticed almost immediate improvement. When I went from 60 to 90 mg the improvement was a long time coming. Constipation is my main side effect. Good luck and please keep us informed. Take Care!

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Hi Mommell, I'm on 60mg Cymbalta. I started on 30mg four weeks ago and moved up to 60mg last week. I've found that the side effects have gradually got less and less as the weeks have progressed. My anxiety has increased a bit since my dose increased but it's worth it for the easing of my depression which has happened almost straight away. My side effects have been anxiety, a dense brain fog (don't know how else to describe it), and increased appetite as well as a bit of nausea and constipation. All of these are easing off though. Good luck with it,

Px

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Thanks all for your responses. It's really encouraging to know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't just another train coming at me. Gradually, I am feeling better, and my Psych is positive I'm better. I have a few what I call phobias and I'm hoping Cymbalta will help me with those. Did any of you feel like it was one step forward and two steps backwards with the med at first? I feel so much better in the evening, almost normal for me. It's getting out of bed in the a.m. that's difficult. Thanks again,

Mommell

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Hi Mommell

I definitely found the mornings worse at first. My anxiety was a good bit worse and for the first 2-3 weeks I had like a densely foggy mind where everything around me seemed unreal and far removed. That gradually has worn off and this week has been much better. I found that my side effects were better in the evening too. I'm really glad you're feeling a bit better. Hopefully you will see further improvement very soon. Take care

Px

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Hi, Pippin,

Sometimes it feels like I'm outside myself, in a fog. That comes and goes. I'm encouraged by your feedback. Keep those coming...

I wish I could throw some positive thoughts your way; maybe as things get better and I'm more adjusted, we can have a two-way discussion.

Thanks again,

Mommell

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Hi mommell,

What you are describing with the 'being outside of yourself' could have been me about six weeks ago or so. But it does get better. I wish you luck and just take it day by day. :)

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Hi, junebug01,

I think depression is starting to lift (and my Psychiatrist thinks I'm doing so much better.) Every day brings something different. I wish I could pin it down to what makes it a "good day."

Thanks for your note.

-M- :flirt:

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If only our minds were that easy to decipher! Take care and keep us posted. :)

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Really great you feel the depression is starting to lift Mommell. I hope the progress continues well for you,

all the best,

Px

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That was yesterday; today I'm feeling anxious and a little lost. Is that how Cymbalta works, yo-yo up and down? Hopefully, tomorrow will be better.

Regards,

-M- :flirt:

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How are you doing today mommell? I have been on Cymbalta for nine weeks now and can relate to the ups and downs. Thankfully the 'downs' are much more manageable than they used to be and ups are more frequent.

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Hi, Junebug01,

I don't want to give up on Cymbalta, but I feel really weird. 30 mg a day, and I'm spaced out. I started 20 mg on March 13, and increased to 30 mg on the 23rd. I feel like I'm trading depression for despair. I sure hope this gets better.

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Sorry to hear of your troubles mommell. I am wondering since you mentioned that you seem to be more sensitive to your meds, if it's going to take you just a little bit longer to adjust. For me the spaciness starting getting better at about week 3 or so. Hang in there. When do you see your doctor again?

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I see my doctor every Saturday, and today I called him (he either answers the phone or calls me right back) in a real funk. He said we'd figure something out on Saturday. I'm almost afraid to add a new med or increase this one. In other words, I'm "afraid" of everything right now. Maybe there's nothing that will help. Boy, do I sound dramatic or what? Thanks for your concern, and hopefully, you're right, it may just take longer to be effective for me.

Regards,

Mommell

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mommell, I felt spaced out on PAXIL, not fun. Some ADs aren't compatible with some people and Paxil was one of those drugs for me. Hope things works out soon.

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This is the 8th AD I've tried, and so far none of them seem to be the right one. Thanks for your input.

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Sorry to hear that. I would still encourage you to tough it out for a few months to see if things improve. (((((Good luck!)))))

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You are definitely not being dramatic. Being afraid of every possible scenario can be so frustrating. I wish you the best of luck and will be thinking about you!

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