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.