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      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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Jennie

How long are you supposed to take fluoxetine/prozac?

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  1. 1. How many weeks of pills were you given?

    • 1-2 weeks
      3
    • 3-4 weeks
      8
    • 4-6 weeks
      4
    • 7-8 weeks
      3
    • over 2 months
      14

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Just trying to see if my situation is normal.

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Jennie,

How long were you prescribed your meds? And by whom? GP? Pdoc?

When I began my Lexapro, my doc explained that I was making a MINIMUM commitment of 9 months. Research has shown that remaining on an AD fr 6 months after your depression has lifted provides better protection against relapse than discontinuing once you start feeling better.

KA

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I was prescribed 2 weeks of pills (by my GP) but given 28.

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Jennie,

Since Prozac can take up to 8 weeks to work, I find this very strange. Did your doc want you to begin the meds and then schedule a recheck with him to see how you were doing? I had a recehck after one month with my doc to see if Lex was going to be a good drug for me or not. Perhaps that is what is going on with you as well?

KA

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Jennie,

Since Prozac can take up to 8 weeks to work, I find this very strange. Did your doc want you to begin the meds and then schedule a recheck with him to see how you were doing? I had a recehck after one month with my doc to see if Lex was going to be a good drug for me or not. Perhaps that is what is going on with you as well?

KA

no, a check up wasn't menationed as far as i remember

she said something about it perking me up

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I think you need to call because docs will do this to see how you respond to meds before giving you a script. Perhaps, your doc wants to increase it if you are doing well. I know how confusing it is to remember what they say when you first get in there, myself. Are you sure that you're not supposed to go back so the doc can evaluate how you're feeling?

By the wa, how are you feeling? :hearts:

Jackie

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I was given a 30-day script when I started Prozac and had a follow-up appointment 2 weeks after I started it. Actually, it was monitored every 2-3 weeks initially. I took 20mg of Prozac for about 10 years before switching to something wlse. Call and make an appointment with your doc. It's just not good practice to prescribe something without any follow-up care.

Sheepwoman :hearts:

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I think you need to call because docs will do this to see how you respond to meds before giving you a script. Perhaps, your doc wants to increase it if you are doing well. I know how confusing it is to remember what they say when you first get in there, myself. Are you sure that you're not supposed to go back so the doc can evaluate how you're feeling?

By the wa, how are you feeling? :hearts:

Jackie

I swear no-one said come back later. I had the impression that it was take these 2 weeks of prozac or don't do anything (just wait it out). I have an appointment tonight so I'll let all of you know how it goes but needless to say I am very angry. Not only is prozac not sipposed to work for at least 10 days anyway but also I'm entitled to couselling sessions according to the nhs website. Another thing: prozac shouldn't be taken if you have/ or have had suicdial thoughts- why was I not asked? **rant over**

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I swear no-one said come back later. I had the impression that it was take these 2 weeks of prozac or don't do anything (just wait it out). I have an appointment tonight so I'll let all of you know how it goes but needless to say I am very angry. Not only is prozac not sipposed to work for at least 10 days anyway but also I'm entitled to couselling sessions according to the nhs website. Another thing: prozac shouldn't be taken if you have/ or have had suicdial thoughts- why was I not asked? **rant over**

Jennie,

All AD's carry a warning regarding a possible increase in suicidal thoughts during the start-up period. This is not a common side-effect, but it can happen.

KA

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Hi Jennie,

Those thoughts might actually be the reason why you were not given any more pills in the first place.

I am glld you have an appointment tonight and I hope all your questions will be answered.

It is, like others have said, going to take more than 2 weeks (it took me almost 6) before you will notice the possitive changes of your medciation.

Good luck,

SN :hearts:

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All AD's carry a warning regarding a possible increase in suicidal thoughts during the start-up period. This is not a common side-effect, but it can happen.

KA

Hi Jennie,

Those thoughts might actually be the reason why you were not given any more pills in the first place.

I am glld you have an appointment tonight and I hope all your questions will be answered.

It is, like others have said, going to take more than 2 weeks (it took me almost 6) before you will notice the possitive changes of your medciation.

Good luck,

SN :hearts:

Just to make what I said clearer. I have had suicidal thought sin the past but I was NOT asked about them by the doctor.

I went to see a second doctor and basically was told off for listening to people on here and for looking the NHS website. He didn't seem to think there was any problem with being given 2 weeks prozac or what the first doctor said or did. He also said that the first doctor couldn't of given me a diagnosis without given me a form or questionnaire to fill in. So now I have that form but after being told off and also being told that even if I am 2nd priority group it will still take 6months. I have to make another appointment for someone to look at my answers on this stupid form and to be honest I am losing trust in the doctors at that surgery. any advice would be very welcome. i just hope no-one has as much trouble as I seem to be having.

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Janie,

I am really sorry about the experience you are having with these doctors. Maybe things are different in the UK, but that answer about forms and questionnaires and the 2 week prescription don't sound right to me ( I live in the US).

And being told off because you did some research? :hearts:

I'd be having doubts about that group of doctors as well.

KA

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I went to see a second doctor and basically was told off for listening to people on here and for looking the NHS website. He didn't seem to think there was any problem with being given 2 weeks prozac or what the first doctor said or did.

I am surprised that the doc was negative about you trying to learn more about the depression and the medications. I agree with other people who have said 2 weeks is not long enough to help with depression. I have been given "Samples" of Anti-Depressants that was like a 2 or 4 week supply when I started that med with a doctor to see if it was helping before we filled a real prescription. Having you on an AD for 2 weeks "Total" just doesn't sound right...

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Some docs are so insensitive to our needs. However, none of them should be adverse to us trying to learn more about the medications prescribed or the nature of our mental illness. Basically, this second doc was wrong in saying what he did to you. His "bedside" manner was extremely in appropriate. When the docs here give out questionaires here, they are usually very short and can be filled out and evaluated before you leave the office. Were the questionaires very long? Hopefully you will be able to see the doc who gave you the Prozac before you run out. I also agree with everyone here that 2 weeks of meds will not allow it to work effectively enough to have any results for you. When you see the doc ask about this.

Sheepwoman :hearts:

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When the docs here give out questionaires here, they are usually very short and can be filled out and evaluated before you leave the office. Were the questionaires very long?

No the questionnaire was one page, it took my bf 5 mins to ask me the questions and fill in the form for me because I didn't want to. I have yet another appointment with yet another doctor to look at the form tonight and my bf should be coming with me this time. Also I have found the NHS print out I had again so will take that. I swear though if she won't help I really feel like giving up with doctors full stop. I have already threatened my bf with home birth if I ever got pregnant (in the distant future).

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Ok so update yet again! This 3rd doctor was really good in comparison and said she would fast track my form, pass it on to the hospital (?) and then if I rang the gp's surgery today they would tell me what teh hospital had said. So i rang them and was told the form has been sent off today and the hospital will contact me within 2-3 weeks if they want to give me an appointment. I'm still in a surprisingly good mood but sometimes i don't know why i bother :hearts:

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Glad that you were able to make some headway!! :hearts:

KA

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my doctor told my I will probably take prozac for the rest of my life... *sigh* what fun. and they reasonly up my dosage of 20mg to 40 mg

Edited by Cowgirlwithproblems

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I've just started Proazc and I was given 2 weeks worth and told to go back so the doc can monitor my weight etc as I start them since I lost a hugly dangerous amount of weight very fast when I started my first SSRI so I was taken off them. From what I understand it is standard practice to give two weeks have a check back, then four weeks then check back and then you get your repeat script. At least thats the way it works in Scotland with all long term medications.

The only difficulty I've found with things is getting referals to a psyciatrist so I've bypassed the NHS and turned to my university councelling service instead.

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Ok so update yet again! This 3rd doctor was really good in comparison and said she would fast track my form, pass it on to the hospital (?) and then if I rang the gp's surgery today they would tell me what teh hospital had said. So i rang them and was told the form has been sent off today and the hospital will contact me within 2-3 weeks if they want to give me an appointment. I'm still in a surprisingly good mood but sometimes i don't know why i bother :shocked:

Hi Jennie,

are you waiting to see a therapist at the hospital or whether you should take more meds? I have been on AD 2x previously, so when I went to see my GP last week, she gave me a months pills and booked a check up appoint. Thats the usual procedure that I have gone through in the last 6 yrs through 3 different surgeries. (i've moved a lot!)

i hope you get it sorted and you get some answers.!

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I was prescribed 2 weeks of pills (by my GP) but given 28.

I know you are getting things sorted now but what happened to you is fairly standard procedure in the UK.

I was given 30 tabs but told to see the doctor in two weeks.

The questionaire is just a way of grading your level of depression,they also ask you if you are having suicidal thoughts or thinking of ******* someone else,if you answered yes to either of these thoughts you would be given priority over other patients.You shouldn't answer yes just for the sake of jumping the queue though, because you could end up being sectioned!

I was offered counselling but turned it down because I didn't think I was ready for it yet.

Hope you start feeling better soon.

Stiggy.

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Hi,

I would just like to say you have done really well to get even a referal for a therapist. I have tried twice in the last 3 years and each time turned down without even an interview. The 3rd request came from my consultant and she was dissappointed that I was refussed.

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