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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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Prozac And Weight Gain?

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Hello!

Just came back from the doctor's with a depression diagnosis and he wanted to put me on either generic Prozac or Viibryd. I've been really hesitant to go on anti-depressiants, because of side effects (I'm mostly concerned about weight gain, I struggle with my weight as it is) and I don't know if it will help! Since I hear it doesn't work for everyone. I've tried a therapist and checked my thyroid (since that can cause depression symptoms) and nothing is working, and I'm running out of options.

So I guess in short, does weight gain seem to be a pretty common side effect? I feel like if I wound up gaining 20lb I would just get even more depressed! Since that tends to often be a trigger for me.

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I have had no problem with weight and prozac in the past. It's different for everyone. My experiences with prozac was mostly positive besides the fatigue.

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Hmm okay. Thanks! I've just been getting conflicting stories on the internet.

I'm worried about the fatigue part too, but I'm already fatigued all the time so... I guess it would just be more of the same.

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Well like I said it's different for everyone so there really isn't anyway to know how you'll be affected by it unless you yourself try it.

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I have been on Prozac for years. It did put weight on me

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I've been on Prozac for 5 days so far and all it's really done is killed my appetite. As you're probably well aware, different drugs have different effects for each individual. It sucks that there isn't one that works for everybody, but for the most part it's just trial and error. You won't really know until you give it a shot.

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I am on Prozac and Lamictal and it does affect my weight. If I exercised more and consumed less calories, it would probably/most likely help.

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My Phyciatrit told me that alot of people lose weight on Prozac that this is one of the side effects which sounds good to me!!! Im starting it soon after been on Lexapro for many many years

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My Phyciatrit told me that alot of people lose weight on Prozac that this is one of the side effects which sounds good to me!!! Im starting it soon after been on Lexapro for many many years

This is the one I hope I do not get, I am by no means overweight to begin with, so to lose to much weight would be troublesome.

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I've been on Prozac for two months now, I haven't really noticed any change in my weight. (I'd personally love the weight loss side effect lol!)

Not sure if the weight side effects are more long term though, like over the course of a year or more.

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Hi DF Support. Are you finding Prozac good? Im hoping to switch from Lexapro after many years as my anxiety is back quiet bad lately

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For me Prozac had been great, it has helped me immensly. My primary condition I'm treating is depression over anxiety (though I do have some anxiety), so I can't comment specifically on anxiety or from switching from a different med, but my doctor told me that Prozac is effective at treating both, and that Prozac is more effective with anxiety at a high dose. (I originally started at the lowest dose.)

Hope that helps!

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What dose did you start on, Im starting on it tomorrow

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I started on 10mg, and after a month was raised to 20mg. In a half year or so I'll go back and see if I need to go higher or not, but 20mg seems to be suiting me just fine.

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Started 20mg fingers crossed it work and kick this anxiety into outer space

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Started 20mg fingers crossed it work and kick this anxiety into outer space

I hope it works for you!!

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