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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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Tribulus

Zoloft and Alcohol

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Ive been on zoloft for almost 2 months now, approaching my second week at 100mg. Ive drank a couple times since Ive started it and both times ive blacked out quickly. But this past time, I was blacked out before it was even sun down and instantly turned violent. From what im told it sounds like i was posessed by satan, attacking everybody and foaming at the mouth. I eventually ended up cracking my head open on a railroad tie when I tripped over my own feet while slap boxing a co worker. I have 13 staples in my head now and i lost an incredible amount of blood. I couldnt STOP drinking until monday because when I woke up the hangovers were so severe that I needed to drink to steady out which led to me continuing drinking. I used to drink everyday after i turned 21, im 24 now and i stopped drinking almost a year ago but have relapsed several times. Im not sure if Im blacking out quick because my tolerance is down or because of the zoloft. Obviously its because i was drinking too much i understand that part but to black out so fast i dont understand that. So let this be a warning to everyone on zoloft. DONT DRINK.

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WOW thats pretty rough man. I drank for the first time Monday in like 6 months but I was on prozac but I hope things are ok with you. sounds like a rough time for you and i'm not an alcoholic, never have been, just a social drinker but i do know how the withdrawls can be but like i said i hope your ok.

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The DF NEVER condones drinking while on meds. You never know HOW you will respond. ((((Tribulus))))), you were very lucky that you didn't have some sort of brain injury...or worse! People have been killed from falling down and hitting their heads while blacking out. You were very lucky. I hope that you won't do it again... and I'm thankful that you're going to be alright. You might consider AA for your drinking. :bump:

Good luck, and thanks for letting our members know how dangerous drinking while on meds can be!

Cat :hearts:

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I admit I drank last night after I was on zoloft the night before but I was kinda smart enough when I got home to realize I shouldn't take it, so I waited until this morning when I sobered up, so still gotta be careful.

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I'll reiterate what Cat said: Never drink alcohol with your meds. It affects how they work drastically. Taking them the next day after a bender is hazardous, too, as it takes alcohol 24-49 hours to be out of your system. Tribulus, you were very fortunate that something worse didn't happen to you. Try AA for your alcohol abuse. It's a 12-step program and you will receive a lot of support from your peers. It's a very effective organization for people with alcohol problems. But like all programs to be effective for you, you need to WANT to quit drinking (or other addictions).

Sheepwoman :hearts:

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Ive been on zoloft for almost 2 months now, approaching my second week at 100mg. Ive drank a couple times since Ive started it and both times ive blacked out quickly. But this past time, I was blacked out before it was even sun down and instantly turned violent. From what im told it sounds like i was posessed by satan, attacking everybody and foaming at the mouth. I eventually ended up cracking my head open on a railroad tie when I tripped over my own feet while slap boxing a co worker. I have 13 staples in my head now and i lost an incredible amount of blood. I couldnt STOP drinking until monday because when I woke up the hangovers were so severe that I needed to drink to steady out which led to me continuing drinking. I used to drink everyday after i turned 21, im 24 now and i stopped drinking almost a year ago but have relapsed several times. Im not sure if Im blacking out quick because my tolerance is down or because of the zoloft. Obviously its because i was drinking too much i understand that part but to black out so fast i dont understand that. So let this be a warning to everyone on zoloft. DONT DRINK.

Thank you so much for your post Tribulus! :hearts: I cannot even begin to explain how many times in the past almost 6 years we have tried to explain about the dangers of mixing alcohol and antidepressants! It's not just Zoloft. It's Celexa and Welbutrin and a host of others. All the SSRI's.

Alcohol IS a depressant! :shocked:

Your story is not uncommon, darlin' and I am thankful you are alright to tell your story and that you were brave enough to tell it. :shocked:

Really...Thank you!!! :bump:

Be Well,

~Lindsay, Forum Super Administrator

Founder, Depressionforums.org

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I too drink this weekend while I was on Zoloft.I was so stipud to do that.I drink alot while I was on my pill and the next morning I took it.Bad mistake. Past out twice. So stupid. I will never do that again.That scared the s*** out of me.I only been on theres for a week. I was so stupid and to but my family thought that. That wasn't right.I'm so sorry for doing what I did.I sure of know better.We learn from our mistakes.

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:welcome: to DF and the Zoloft room, Live Life,

We DO learn from our mistakes and the whole idea here is not to repeat them. Glad to hear that you will not be drinking in teh future. Let us know how Zoloft is working for you.

Sheepwoman :hearts:

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I never had any problems with drinking while I was on zoloft. Then again, I'm not really a big drinker. Maybe once or twice a month, and always in the safety of friends and moderation. Although, had I read all your entries first, I don't think I would have drank at all!

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So much better now. It toto normalok me from saturday to thursday to feel back to normal. My sister in law

is on zoloft too.She said she also made the mistake of drinking heavy when she first went on them. 3 days it took her also 3 days. She said you need to social drink when your on theres.I had one drink last night.I been on theres for only two weeks now. I feel way better now.

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Funny, I've never had a problem with drinking on Paxil or Zoloft. These days, I keep my drinking in check. As soon as I feel a light buzz, I stop. However, it's not unusual for me to have 2-3 drinks a couple nights a week. I guess it's good that drinking isn't recommended while on AD's, that way I don't overdo it.

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I was stupid.Was only on it a week.The weekend come had 10 cooler uselly have 6 for a buzz . The next day got a headache so I took my med and 2 relugar typhol.Started cooking breakfest eat then went for a smoke. Almost finish my smoke.Started feeling werid turn to my mom and told her and out I went.That got me in side and got me awake but I was going in and out.Stared the living s*** out of me.

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Im going good now.The pills are working for me.I feel much better now.If I drink I drink smart.Hope everyone had a good christmas and new years. :happyny15: :hearts:

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Live Life--

Are you listening AT ALL?

There really is no 'drinking smart' if you are depressed, and certainly not if you are on meds.

KA

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Live Life:

I gotta agree with Keeping Awake - don't drink if you're depressed. Depression and alcohol do NOT mix! Antidepressants and alcohol definitely do NOT mix!

Please take care of yourself, and cease drinking alcohol at once.

-Bean

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ok Im no doc and you should aways do what your doc says but.....I forgot on xmas eve and had a margarita :hearts: but I only had just the one

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ok Im no doc and you should aways do what your doc says but.....I forgot on xmas eve and had a margarita :hearts: but I only had just the one

I hate to sound like Prohibition Polly, but drinking while on meds just isn't a good idea. Please be careful.

-Bean

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From what I read here it did convice me not to drink while on meds (Zoloft and clonazepam). It made the holiday season very stressful for me being the only one not drinking. Cheering in New Years with a class of Sprite while everyone else had champaigne felt weird. I was so anxious about how to survive the holidays without drinking, that I use one session with my therapist to deal with it. I have great friends and family because thay never asked why I was not drinking and did not bug me about. I survived the holidays without having a single drink. The first time in my life, I have had a sober New Years.

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Congratulations nevel!! :hearts:

KA

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Good for you, Nevel!!! :hearts: Congratulations!

I know it felt weird for you, but you get used to it. I haven't had a drink in I don't know how many years. It just becomes common practice, not drinking.

I'm glad to hear that you were able to discuss this with your therapist. Support really does make all the difference in the world.

We're here, whenever you need extra support.

-Bean

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Good Job :hearts:

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no alcohol!!!!that sucks tho.I get the point.It doesn't mix.Thank you!That was stupid after I read it again.You can't drink smart.Something I'm going to have to get use too. :hearts:

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Im not a drinker at all but everyonce in a while I would have a drink. Something fruity and sweet. So it sorta stinks that with the meds I can even do that

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Im not a drinker at all but everyonce in a while I would have a drink. Something fruity and sweet. So it sorta stinks that with the meds I can even do that

Although one drink may not have any affect whatsoever, it's just not a good idea to drink while on meds.

I know what you're saying though. I miss the occasional glass of alcohol with dinner.

-Bean

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I had similar experiences while drinking with SSRI. DON'T DO IT. I blacked out. I'd wake up later and not remember what happened. I punched out a window while I was drinking with a SSRI (i think it was paxil). That did a lot of damage to my arm. I had to go to a specialist. That was a few years ago.

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