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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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PrivateHell

I Don't Want To Leave The House

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I've had depression for the last 12 years and it goes back and forth from being bearable to unbearable. Lately though, I'm just so sick and tired of dealing with the world that I just prefer staying inside my house for days at a time. In fact, I don't think I've left the house in a week (I've lost count).

I don't like the town I live in - it is boring and there isn't much to do and I have no friends anyway, so I prefer just staying inside at home all day. It's like my sanctuary and the only place I truly feel comfortable. Also, I just feel like giving up on everything. I'm too tired to go after the dreams I once had because no matter how hard I try, none of my dreams come true, even simple ones like finding true love or living in a town I like.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get more motivated? And before anyone suggests antidepressants - Been there, done that for years in the past, and don't want to try them again.

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Hi there. I also have a fear of leaving the house, my 'safe' zone. It becomes more and more difficult to get out the longer we isolate ourselves (that's been my experience anyways). But I guess the opposite is also true - the more you get out, the easier it becomes. It's difficult, i can relate to how you feel...

I am currently struggling with feelings of apathy- like you were saying, hopelessness; feeling like giving up. I take meds which could be contributing additionally to that, but its hard when pleasure can't seem to be found in anything most days.

I isolate myself a lot, and this forum has been keeping me sane somewhat. I came upon it in a very low point in my life. It's like group therapy online. Hope things get better for you, sincerely

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Hi there! Nice to talk to someone else who has experienced this feeling.

On one hand I don't feel like it's a bad thing to want to stay at home all the time if it makes me happier, but on the other hand I feel like life is passing me by. But what exactly am I supposed to be looking for? I've tried to chase my dreams, and even the simple ones won't come true. So why bother fighting anymore? I just feel defeated and I'm tired of fighting the world.

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Yeah, i've failed at a lot of things and i tend to focus on those negatives. I'm trying to change my thought patterns. get out of thought loops "I failed before - i will fail again - therefore i will make no attempt". I don't think an introverted person should try to be someone they're not... while there are some advantages to being an extrovert, obviously - I've accepted the fact that I'm an introvert and i will always need my space and alone time. But i also have a lot of things I'd like to achieve, and not unreasonable goals, just being able to support myself better financially, go back and finish school, etc.

Sometimes i feel like just writing about things get the wheels turning in our brains. These things are a lot easier said than done though! But just try to take things one day at a time. I get overwhelmed thinking about the past and future.

Best wishes to you~ wish i had better advice

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I don't know how many times I had these feelings. I would watch TV or a movie and people were living lives and here I was tucked in, safe in my home but longing to have a life. When the chances arose for me to leave I didn't really want to. Home is safe and secure. I am afraid of being judged in the outside world. Sometimes I feel like everyone knows I have depression and social anxiety and they are looking at me and jusdging me. I know they aren't but it makes it hard to leave home.

I got my doggy and I started going out more, also when I got sick and was away from home for 3 weeks it helped me some.

As PhalseUphoria has posted this board has helped a lot. Also I agree with her on writing things down. I find seeing my thoughts on paper can help me. You will be ready to leave eventually.

Once you actually start going out it becomes easier and easier. I had bad social anxiety and missed out on years of my neices and nephews birthdays and family events by using the excuse that I work nights. It was really just my fear. For me getting my dog started me on the road to the outside world and then almost dying and having to leave finished the job! I am not wishing this kind of thing on you. I can only tell you what changed my life. I still have fears, I still have times when I feel like my dreams will never happen. That is why I am here but I am getting better. Even through the set backs I feel like there is hope. I just needed it to be the right time for me. There will be a right time for you. Don't give up.

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I just feel like giving up on everything. I'm too tired to go after the dreams I once had because no matter how hard I try, none of my dreams come true, even simple ones like finding true love or living in a town I like.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get more motivated?

I've struggled with the 'motivation' idea for a whlie. I used to think I really needed to build up a head of steam before tackling issues. now I realise I really need to just let go of my excuses for not doing things. My most common excuse is 'I don't feel like it' or a variant of that (I'm too tired, I'll feel more like it tomorrow, My leg hurts, If I wait I'll be in a better mood, I'm anxious, lying on the couch would be easier....)

The thing I've experimented with to create motivation is to JUST DO IT.

To steal something from a Susan Jeffers book I read:

we want to believe that the way motivation works is : motivation -> action

but the real way it works is : action->motivation->more action

That is to say: Just do something, THEN see how you feel - I usually feel a bit better, and a bit like doing something else. I also found that the key to using this sort of thinking is to approach it as an experiment - to really take notice of how I felt before and after doing something. This helps me remember it for next time also.

Something that helps me with completing some things that I really don't want to do is focusing on WHY I WANT TO GET THEM DONE. I have recently started making flashcards of reasons why I want to do some difficult things, like working out etc. I make lists of reasons - and this helps me fight off the excuses rattling around in my head.

As you can tell - CBT works for me. especially focusing on the behavior portion.

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