This is a support site. While other forum sites may permit some aggressive behaviors, we do not. Our members are already experiencing an unfortunate amount of stress.
We understand you may be angry, anxious, or dwelling on self-harm due to your own condition. We'll give you some latitude and pointers about your behavior in PMs. But if you cross the line 4 times, you will be banned from the site.
Moderators may ask you to reword, or they may remove offending posts or topics.
The warning system
This site is equipped with a warning system for use by the moderators. The mods will notify you in a pm that you've been warned.
If you go ahead and do the thing you've been warned about, you'll get another warning, up to 4 warnings.
Currently, if you get 4 warnings, you will be automatically banned.
What will get you warned
Here are a few things that may get you warnings:
- Arguing with a moderator or the administrator in a topic or in a PM. You may present your case reasonably; take care about your tone. Once you get a decision, accept it gracefully. Mistakes may be made, give us the benefit of the doubt, we're trying to keep the peace for the greater good. (It is never a good idea to get on the wrong side of an administrator or moderator.)
- Attacking another member in a topic. Disagreements must be civil. No ad hominems -- per Wikipedia: "... an attempt to link the truth of a claim to a negative characteristic or belief of the person advocating it...." See more about Abusive ad hominem.
If you argue with or attack an administrator or moderator, or attack another member, your posts may be put on indefinite review. They will need approval by an admin or mod before they are published.
- Harassing or stalking another member.
- Recruiting your friends to gang up on a member. This is also known as a pile-on.
- Racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, or other hate speech.
- Asking for support for many self-generated emergencies. While we are sympathetic to people in distress, we're only a peer support site and we cannot do anything for people who are in the habit of self-harming in any way, be it via alcohol, risky or antisocial behavior, avoidable hospitalizations, irresponsible use of drugs, avoidable accidents, fights, or threats of suicide.
We have seen that going on and off additional psychiatric drugs can worsen adverse effects, including withdrawal symptoms. If you add drugs and have an adverse effect, you will need to discuss it with the prescribing doctor -- we won't be able to help you. (If you feel you need continued drug treatment, your needs may be better met on forums such as depressionforums.org or patientslikeme.com.)
If you find you are somehow involved in frequent emergencies, please seek face-to-face counseling. As emergencies can be upsetting to other members of the community, if you frequently report emergencies that you might have avoided, you will be asked to leave -- your needs are beyond the capabilities of online peer support.
(Please read For those who are feeling desperate or suicidal )
(If your life is currently chaotic, this would be a very bad time to go off psychiatric drugs. Withdrawal symptoms may very well add to the complications in your life. Not being able to focus on careful tapering can be dangerous.)
- Using all capital letters in posts.
On the Internet, the use of ALL CAPITALS to communicate is interpreted as shouting. Posts entirely in capital letters irritate the moderators and will not get you extraordinary attention, if that is your purpose.
Moderators will hide posts that are entirely in all caps. If you persist in using all caps, you may get warnings. Upon the 4th warning, you will be banned.
Please keep this a civil community. Use your inside voice instead of all caps.
- Aggressively advocating religious practices
Our members come from all over the world, of all faiths, religions, and age groups. We support the private pursuit of religious or spiritual support, but caution members against promoting a particular religious practice in contexts where this might offend others.
The Finding Meaning forum is the appropriate venue for expressions of personal religious beliefs. At the discretion of the administrator or moderators, if you tend to proselytize, you may be asked to start one topic in the Finding Meaning forum where you can answer questions about your faith rather than proselytizing throughout the site.
- Drug shopping or recommending drugs
This is a site for going off drugs. It is not a site for finding out what drug to take next, comparing drug cocktails, or recommending what drug to add. This could be dangerous. People could be hurt by your advice.
(We do not know of any drugs or drug combination that will fix withdrawal syndrome. Reinstatement of the original drug, often at a low dose, sometimes helps and sometimes does not.)
If you want to discuss your diagnoses and talk about adding to your drug cocktail, there are other support sites for this, such as http://DepressionForums.org or http://PatientsLikeMe.com.
- Insisting on nonsense about the causes of so-called psychiatric disorders and withdrawal syndrome. You'll need to do a lot of reading and credible citations to come up with original plausible theories.
Red flags for nonsense often found in pop psychiatry:
- Reliance on the "chemical imbalance" theory or that mental disorders are due to some kind of neurotransmitter deficiency.
- Claims that mood disorders are "brain disease,""diseased nerve pathways,""damaged signaling" etc.
- Reliance on neuroimaging or brain scans.
- Assigning specific functions to specific neurotransmitters ("dopamine is responsible for pleasure"). All neurotransmitters are multifunction; normal functioning depends on their all operating together.
- Making sweeping generalizations about "depression." One huge problem in psychiatry research is that there is no one definition of "depression" and studies use different measures for it.
- Publication in biological psychiatry journals.
- More to come, I'm sure.
The "chemical imbalance" or "serotonin deficiency" theories for mood disorders, which were in vogue for about 20 years, have been disavowed by medicine. There never was any basis for this. If a doctor tells you that is the reason for your distress, the doctor is wrong, misinformed, or not being straightforward with you.
This is also true of alternative or "natural" practitioners. The "chemical imbalance" theory is invalid wherever it pops up.
The "chemical imbalance" theory or its variants does not bear discussing any more than does a theory that says the sun revolves around the earth. It is a waste of time. This site will not add to the dissemination of this misinformation. Expect credulous discussion of such to be discouraged on this site.
See Again, chemical imbalance is a myth. Stop the lies, please. and Ronald Pies says doctors tell patients the "chemical imbalance" lie as a favor
- Being an Internet lawyer; using the "free speech" defense when you're caught doing any of the above. "Free speech" or the First Amendment to the US Constitution restrains the US government from punishing individuals for protected speech. It does not apply to the many publishing houses, or sites, of the World Wide Web.
On any Web site, you publish with the consent of the site owner. The site owner can withhold this consent for any reason. If you want to say whatever you wish, start your own site.
In short, there is no free speech on the Web, or on this Web site. Please do not waste your time and that of the staff by presenting this invalid argument.
- Offering psychiatric or psychotherapeutic care without a publicly displayed license. If you are a licensed physician, therapist, or social worker and want to risk your license to offer such services gratis here, you must post your license number in your signature. You will need to take sole responsibility for what you post as advice. SurvivingAntidepressants.org will not take responsibility for your advice and will not assist you should you meet legal challenges.
Edited by Altostrata, 27 October 2016 - 04:54 PM.