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#1 Altostrata

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 11:03 AM

This site's mission is to support people suffering from withdrawal and withdrawal syndrome, to document cases, and to educate the medical establishment.

Each and every person's testimony about medication history, symptoms, and recovery is extremely valuable to accomplish this mission.

 

Much of this information is viewable from the Internet and can be found via Google and other search engines.

People who are suffering from withdrawal or withdrawal syndrome are reassured when they see others have traveled the same road, and learn from them. Without the information you post about your experiences, they would not be able to find this site.

These stories are documentation of a problem that probably injures thousands if not millions of people all over the world, yet is mainly ignored or denied by the psychiatric industry.

If we band together, we can bring this to the attention of the international medical establishment, and stop the suffering of more adults and even children.

Many posts on this site contain deeply personal information. You may feel uncomfortable about telling too much about yourself.

These are the ways your confidences are protected:

- Your identity on this site is protected by your pseudonym. If you have chosen a good screen name, no one can figure out who you are unless you post identifying information.

 

(If you have accidentally chosen a screen name that is recognizable to those who know you in real life, send me a personal message with a different screen name and I will substitute it. Otherwise, read this about changing your screen name http://survivinganti...yself/?p=162115Please do not make unnecessary work for me or any member of the staff.)

- You decide how much about yourself to disclose. Those who read this site cannot put the pieces of your identity together unless you post fairly specific information.

Moderators will edit a post at the request of the poster if he or she has inadvertently posted identifying information.

- Unregistered Internet guests, including search engines, cannot read the member list or member profiles. Your profile is visible only to site members. Even the geographical location you put in your profile cannot be seen by Google, or by an unregistered guest visiting the site.

- Only those who are invited or who have the same troubles as you find their way here. While it may seem that this site is highly visible, it is only a tiny, tiny planet, maybe even an asteroid, in the immensity of the Internet cosmos. Guests reach this site by searching on terms such as "antidepressant withdrawal."

No one will find your posts here unless he or she is also looking for information about antidepressant withdrawal syndrome. Unregistered guests have the same problems you do.


Many of us feel ashamed we asked for medication and took medical advice that turned out to be wrong. There is no reason to blame yourself. Every person on this site -- except for the few who were forcibly medicated -- trusted their doctors and made choices based on what they thought was good advice. Forgive yourself and join us in supporting, documenting, and educating.

Given all the above, disclose as much as you feel comfortable disclosing on this site. It's up to you as to how much you want to reveal for the greater good.


Edited by Altostrata, 23 March 2016 - 01:02 PM.
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#2 Altostrata

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Posted 20 May 2015 - 06:57 PM

Some titles of topics and links to them are automatically posted to Twitter and Facebook, so people who use those sites to find information can find SurvivingAntidepressants.org. Screen names are not posted.

 

Please see Surviving Antidepressants on Facebook, Twitter


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#3 Altostrata

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Posted 15 June 2015 - 02:50 PM

How can I change my screen name?

 

Please respect my time and that of the other administrators: Do not request a screen name change unless you have a good privacy-based reason for the request.

 

You must explain your reason for changing your screen name: Why do you think people who know you in real life will be able to find you and recognize you by your screen name on SurvivingAntidepressants?

 

(Before requesting a name change, Google your screen name. If there are many thousands of results, it's unlikely that anyone who looks for your screen name would find it on SurvivingAntidepressants. And if they did find it, how would they know it was you? And why would they look for your screen name, anyway?)

 

If you request a name change. You must have a new screen name ready. Check the Members list FIRST to make sure the screen name is not already being used.

 

Screen name changes will be made only once.

 

We will not make screen name changes simply because someone decides he or she wants a new name.


Edited by Altostrata, 01 April 2016 - 11:30 AM.
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#4 mythlady

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Posted 01 December 2015 - 03:24 PM

How is it that if I google my username, my posts on this forum come up? Isn't a forum like this where people share very personal information private? Is there a way for me to remove my posts? I'm really surprised by this.

Was taking Wellbutrin, Zoloft (for anxiety) and Trazodone (for insomnia)

 

Tapered off Trazodone (150 mg/day)  from June-August 2013

Tapered off Zoloft (200 mg/day) from August-October 2013

Still taking Wellbutrin, 300 mg/day

 

In the past, I have taken Paxil and Effexor, dosages unknown at this point.


#5 Altostrata

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Posted 01 December 2015 - 03:41 PM

Yes, if you Google your username, which is an unusual one, you will find your posts. Most of the posts on this site are public. That is how people find the site, by Googling keywords such as "Zoloft withdrawal." If the posts were private, only those who are invited would be able to find the site.

 

How many people in the world will Google "mythlady", and how many would be interested in your posts if they saw them? Does anyone in real life know you as mythlady?

 

That screen names will be visible via search engines is explained in the registration process -- where you chose your screen name.

 

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Surviving Antidepressants on Facebook, Twitter

 

If you wish to close your account


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#6 Altostrata

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 09:32 AM

Please Google your screen name before requesting a change of screen name, to see how unlikely it would be that anyone idling Googling your screen name would find you here. (And if they did, how would that person know the screen name was yours?)

 

Do not Google

 

[your screen name] survivingantidepressants.org

 

-- you will always find yourself.

 

Please do not request a screen name change unless you have good reason to believe your real identity may be discovered through your screen name via Web search.


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