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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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I Don't Know What To Do-- Male Or Female Therapist? Psychologist Or Psychiatrist??

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I am a 24 year old female.. My family doctor recently prescribed me to Celexa. He recommended I see a psychologist and a psychiatrist. They mailed me a referral with a few names attached.. Some of the names attached are just behavioral centers. When I call they ask if I want a psychologist or a psychiatrist.. I don't know where to start because my doctor recommended I see both...

I don't know whether I should see a male or a female. Finding a female that accepts my insurance is becoming difficult.. I finally found a male that accepted it (a psychologist) and made an appointment with him. Have any of you experienced therapy with the opposite sex? Particularly females? Am I right in starting with a psychologist? Or should I see a psychiatrist first? I am so overwhelmed and I don't know where to begin. Please help. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Hi. If it were me, I would probably start with a psychiatrist. He or she will "interview" you and you can get a general idea of what your psychological/emotional, etc. issue(s) might be. Then, he or she can help you find the right medication to be on, if that is what you choose/need. Celexa is a good antidepressant to start out trying - it works for many people. At that point, you could try and start seeing a therapist or psychologist. A psychiatrist deals with prescribing meds and more on the diagnosing side. A psychologist is more for long-term treatment to help you work on your issues. The psychiatrist helps more with identifying the issues and the psychologist helps with the "now what" phase.

I don't think it's better to have a male or female. I have had a couple female doctors/therapist, but mainly male. I haven't noticed a preference for either. Try not to be overwhelmed. It's good to just take the first step, as you have already done.

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I was 24 years old a few weeks ago, now I´m 25, and I´m working on getting used to it lol. I´m a girl too.

My pdoc is the one that also provides me with therapy, so I don´t have to go someone else.

In my personal experience- surprisingly I get along more with my current male therapist than I ever did with my female therpists. I like the fact that he doesn´t over react or anything- he is extremely calm and I need that so I wouldn´t feel that at any moment he´s going to lock me up. Aside from that he´s very honest, open, and caring. At times I get mad at him, but overall we get along and he tells me what I need to hear rather than what I want to hear.

I wish you luck and I hope you find someone that could help you out.

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I think the most important factor is feeling comfortable with your therapist. You need to feel like you can let it all out.

It is frustrating how health care has evovlded to where you find it diffcult to find a female therapist but that is another issue. I have had problems like that before/

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I've had both male and female therapists, and I agree that the gender isn't nearly as important as the person. For example, it was to a male therapist that I first verbalized sexual abuse I'd suffered as a child, and he couldn't have been more respectful, supportive or caring. And since you're already on the Celexa, perhaps visiting a psychologist first is the better route to go. But I wouldn't put off seeing the psychiatrist, though, so you can make sure you're on the right med/dosage. Best wishes!

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