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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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AlexJB

Ocd And Extreme Anxiety Has Ruined My Life

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Hello, I'm Alex and I'm 19 soon,

I have suffering from OCD from as far back as I can remember (age 6) and kept it quiet until my 18th birthday, where I just couldn't cope anymore, I got bullied in school and by a lecturer in my college, and at the age of 18 I just needed help, my OCD meant that I couldnt do anything anymore, I just stay in bed upset and crying, lately I have been put on Citalopram 10mg/day and sleeping tablets and feeling a lot better but, the problem is, I have an exam today and I am really not feeling up to it due to missing so much college due to extreme anxiety and OCD over the last year and a half.

It has ruined my life, and my family are totally sick of me and act like there's nothing wrong with me, they do not see what I am going through and they do not seem to care, they are just constantly having a go at me and saying that I'm a waste of space - if only they could live my life for one day and see what I was going through.

Now I'm feeling a lot better and my OCD and Anxiety is under control (sometimes)

My doctor has diagnosed me with moderate depression, extreme anxiety and extreme OCD and I think I also have BDD

but my family still act that theres nothing wrong with me, and feel no sorry for me and are just horrible to me most times, they dont care about me, and this has been making my anxiety go sky high and I've been feeling suicidal for the last year, does anyone else's family act like this towards them? I feel so scared and alone! thanks.

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Hi Alex, and welcome to DF! We are glad to have you here. This is a wonderful community, filled with caring understanding people.

You will receive a lot of emotional support here.

Please know you are not alone. I think a lot of us here can relate to what you are going through.

Personally, I have severe OCD, anxiety/panic disorder, and depression. So I can understand.

Could your doctor give you any literature to show your family about your illness?

Or could someone from your family go see your doctor with you, so the doctor can explain to them about your diagnosis?

You now have us here at DF to add to your support system. We are here for you whenever you need to talk.

Please make yourself feel at home here.

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Hello, thank you for your reply! :)

My mum does come with me to the doctors and has been for the past year, but she still doesn't seem to understand what I am going through, I have been on the emergency list for counselling through the doctor for the past 4 months and have recieved no help so far, I feel like my life is ticking away and the OCD and extreme anxiety has spoilt all of my college years, and I no longer see my friends anymore and do feel very alone, I sometimes feel with my anxiety that everyone hates me and doesn't like me because of my OCD thoughts - I would have a thought where "don't turn over the TV channel or everyone will hate you" etc, etc, etc for everything I want to do in my life, and of course I do face the thoughts and change the channel and I'm so paranoid that everyone will hate me, but now I feel like that's come true because my family just don't seem to care at all?

Thanks again for your reply :)

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I have OCD, social anxiety, agoraphobia, and bipolar disorder. It must be very hard not to have family support. I do have family support, I am lucky. Although I think my husband is getting tired of it. He's going through alot himself, he has cancer and it is very hard on us all. But we love eaxh other and will get through it. It's good that your mom goes with you to the doctor although I would think she would understand more. Your family is probably just in denial.

I hope everything works out and keep posting.

Michele

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Sounds like we've been in a similar situation, although I'm older by quite a bit.

Your life is still at an early (yet vital) stage! I hope you realize that.

I would like you to see things as "how have I let anxiety and OCD continue to make me miserable".

There is a lot you can change with changing your thoughts. I am not saying that things could be perfect, but rather that the best thing you can do is to get support to help you recognize how you create your own misery.

As someone with OCD does not always have control over intrusive thoughts, there are ways to acknowledge such thoughts without giving them too much importance. Don't let everything consume you.

I suggest you read up on CBT and, especially, try to find some therapy program (cognitive-behavioural therapy) to guide you in understanding the part you play in making your life what it is right now.

I know it isn't easy to accept, especially at first, but we do play a large part in the quality of our overall existence. I have learned this

more than a decade older than you. You are still very young: use this at your advantage.

All the best

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