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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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Doctors warned of Effexor overdose risk

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Doctors warned of Effexor overdose risk

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Doctors should limit the number of Effexor pills they prescribe patients to reduce the risk of overdose, the antidepressant's manufacturer and federal health officials said Wednesday.

There have been reports of deaths and serious injuries in patients who overdosed on Effexor, also called venlafaxine, predominantly when taken with alcohol and/or other drugs, Wyeth and the Food and Drug Administration said.

To limit the risk of overdose, doctors should prescribe the "smallest quantity of capsules consistent with good patient management," Wyeth wrote in a letter to doctors dated Oct. 17 and released Wednesday by the FDA.

Overdosing on any antidepressant can be fatal. But there may be a greater risk of deadly overdose associated with Effexor than with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors -- antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Lexapro, Wyeth said. The risk may be less than that with older antidepressants called tricyclics, it added.

Wyeth, based in Madison, N.J., said it was unclear whether the increased risk of deadly overdose can be attributed to Effexor or to the characteristics of patients treated with the drug.

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I know from expericence that taking an overdose of Efexor and mixing it with alcohol or other drugs can cause seizures.

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I just overdosed on effexor. I only took 8 though, so I didn't have any serious injuries.

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what size were they?

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I took 7 at once, once when I was on Effexor. Boy did I feel sick and shaky, but no seizure or anything.

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taking more than your normal dose is not recommended. If you do take more you should at least phone your dr and see what she recommends.

Eileen

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Hi, I am on 20mg of paxil and I complained about being tired all day so he gave me 75mg of effexor to take as well. I am not sure if it is from the medication or not but I am a little shaky and the back of my head really hurts and I am taking short breaths so with that is anxiety. Perhaps I should not be on this med combo?

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I know from experience it definitely can make you sicker than others.

I overdosed in the past on over 20 of Zoloft and it did not a thing to me. Not tired or anything. I took 4 extra Effexor and I was nausious, fainting and really dizzy.

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my doctor just gave me a whole package of 37,5 mg and 2 packages of 75 mg and everything i can think about is overdosing myself with it :hearts:

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my doctor just gave me a whole package of 37,5 mg and 2 packages of 75 mg and everything i can think about is overdosing myself with it :hearts:

I was on effexor a few years ago. My issue is I like drugs and if you take enough of the stuff you will get a feeling like taking a hit of ectasy.

This is probabaly the reason you see people overdosing so much they feel good and want to feel higher.

Now fast forward I just stopped a month ago from getting off oral morphine which is not a easy one to kick at 1000 mg a day but I did it.

My doc put me on Celiexa but made me feel like crap after 3 weeks so now I am talking 75mg E XR per day it is just my 2nd day but I can feel something not good or bad just something a bit differnt. I am taking Trazadone for sleep was on 100mg but not cutting down to 50 mg at night. It also should boost up the serotonin a bit so we will see. The ony SSRI that worrked perfect for me was Serazone but the darn FDA took it off the market. I have tried most all of them so I hope this XR version workks.

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Randy

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my doctor just gave me a whole package of 37,5 mg and 2 packages of 75 mg and everything i can think about is overdosing myself with it :hearts:

I was on effexor a few years ago. My issue is I like drugs and if you take enough of the stuff you will get a feeling like taking a hit of ectasy.

This is probabaly the reason you see people overdosing so much they feel good and want to feel higher.

I did overdose on it, but only once. I threw the rest away and never went back to my doc. I think i can never take meds, because like you I like drugs as well :/

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Doctors warned of Effexor overdose risk

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Doctors should limit the number of Effexor pills they prescribe patients to reduce the risk of overdose, the antidepressant's manufacturer and federal health officials said Wednesday.

There have been reports of deaths and serious injuries in patients who overdosed on Effexor, also called venlafaxine, predominantly when taken with alcohol and/or other drugs, Wyeth and the Food and Drug Administration said.

To limit the risk of overdose, doctors should prescribe the "smallest quantity of capsules consistent with good patient management," Wyeth wrote in a letter to doctors dated Oct. 17 and released Wednesday by the FDA.

Overdosing on any antidepressant can be fatal. But there may be a greater risk of deadly overdose associated with Effexor than with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors -- antidepressants like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and Lexapro, Wyeth said. The risk may be less than that with older antidepressants called tricyclics, it added.

Wyeth, based in Madison, N.J., said it was unclear whether the increased risk of deadly overdose can be attributed to Effexor or to the characteristics of patients treated with the drug.

I am on 300mg, as prescribed by my shrink and have been on it since March this year. I am always sleepy and suffer short term memory loss as well as changes in my eyesight. My optician says I need to change my spectacles. I understand from a friend that Malaysian doctors tend to over prescribe drugs. What should I do now?

Caroline

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I'm on 375 mg/day, and don't think I've had any side effects. At least I didn't. Now my doctor thinks that all the neurological problems I'm having could be related to the XR. Problem is, my neurologist knows the dosage I'm on, so I would think he would have suggested that before anything else if he thought it was a possibility.

I wonder how much of this stuff you actually have to take in order to overdose. I mean, if I took an entire month's worth, and drank a bottle of alcohol, I can imagine getting pretty sick, but I can't imagine it would be enough to OD on. Otherwise it wouldn't be prescribed at this amount, right?

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I tried taking Effexor a couple weeks ago. I was instructed to take 1 3.75 mg pill, twice a day (which is 75mgs a day). On my first day I took one pill at 10 am and the second pill at 10pm. I took my anxiety pill (which helps me sleep and was fine to take with the Effexor) at about 1:30 to go to bed. I woke up 4hrs later and the instant thought in my head was that "I wanted to die". I got SO frightened that I had to calm myself down. I kept thinking to myself "This isn't good. This isn't cool." I ended up in the ER where they told me I had a reaction and to stop taking it. Terrible medicine for me and to think they start you off at 75mgs and I was allowed to go up to 6 pills a day? That is INSANE. They don't even start you off on that high of a dose of Paxil or Celexa. To me, that seems like a shock to the system, especially starting a new med like that but... everyone is different. I just know that I will NEVER take Effexor again!:uh-uh:

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