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#1 Altostrata

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Posted 13 March 2011 - 04:14 PM

Your registration signifies you understand and agree to these rules and guidelines for Surviving Antidepressants:

 

This is a site for peer support, discussion, and documentation of withdrawal and withdrawal syndrome caused by psychiatric drugs, specifically antidepressants.

 

This site does not provide medical advice. For medical advice, see a trusted medical caregiver. Information presented here is intended for discussion with your doctor.

- Because of the sensitive nature of the discussions, members may be known only by pseudonyms. There are areas of this site that are confidential, for members only. You may not post the words of any member on other sites without that person's express permission.

 

- Pseudonyms are encouraged to protect the identity of the members. You decide how much personal information to reveal, see How much should I post about myself?

 

- Publish your e-mail address at your own risk. You may receive spam e-mail beyond the control of this site.

 

- Generally, accounts are not deleted. See If you wish to close your account

 

- This site is not affiliated with any religious organization, pharmaceutical firm, or medical organization. It does not receive any funding or support from outside sources other than voluntary donations. Staffing is entirely volunteer.

 

- We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any posting, and are not responsible for the contents of any posting.

- A posted message expresses the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of this site. A member who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact the administrator through the site private messaging system.

- You agree that you will not post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law, on this site.

- Posting of advertising or commercial solicitations is barred. Such posts will be removed.

- We will remove objectionable messages at our discretion. If you continue with objectionable behavior after warning by an administrator, your membership will be revoked. See What will get you warned or banned

 

- Copyrighted material may be quoted in part or excerpted under the Fair Use exception of 17 USC Section 107, which permits use of such material for noncommercial, nonprofit, and educational use. See Copyright and fair use

 

- Copyrighted material should not be posted in full without the consent of the owner. Such infringement is the sole responsibility of the poster and not this site. Should a complaint be made by the owner about the posting of copyrighted material, the administrators will remove it.

 

 

 

You will see this notice prior to registration:

 

If you decide to go off your drugs, you must take the responsibility of coping with any distressing symptoms that may arise, including those patterns of thinking the drugs were intended to remedy.
 
We intend to provide a safe atmosphere for everyone. This site does not offer psychiatric care or psychotherapeutic care. If you need intensive attention, we urge you to also seek face-to-face therapeutic support in your life off-line, from mental health professionals, communities of faith, or other groups.

 
As this is only a forum site, we cannot deal with emergencies of any type. If you have persistent thoughts of suicide, please contact the suicide hotline near you rather than posting them on this site.
 
Completing this registration signifies your agreement to the above and to the Rules and Guidelines.


Edited by Altostrata, 13 November 2015 - 09:00 AM.
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#2 Altostrata

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 05:42 AM

To assist the finding of information: - Topics may be moved to more appropriate categories. - Redundant topics may be combined. Tip: Use search first before starting a topic that may have been covered before, such as a question about a supplement. - Posts may be moved from one topic to another. Thank you!
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#3 Altostrata

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Posted 20 March 2011 - 03:01 PM

When you've made your 10th post, your member title will change from Getting Started to Member.

 

As you increase your posting:

 

Silver star 100 posts

Gold star 1000

Platinum star 2000

Fingers of titanium 5000


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Posted 29 July 2011 - 11:41 PM

What is the policy on talking about herbs/supplements? If you aren't pushing a specific brand? I ask because I take something that has helped me, which I have only ever seen promoted by one other person (and never spoken of negatively) in spite of years of reading on other sites. I wanted to post something about it (it's a herb, and I take it as a very strong tea). Obviously I can't tell anyone to take it, but I know some other psych drug withdrawal sites don't like even the mention of herbs as it puts a suggestion out there that could be dangerous. If I write something without expressly telling anyone to take it, and with the caveat that people do their own research, is that permitted? Can someone clarify for me? Thanks!

Partly recovered from AD withdrawal/reactions as well as issues with other psych drugs.  Also, I am not a medical professional and nothing I say is a medical opinion or meant to be medical advice, please seek a competent and trusted medical professional to consult for all medical decisions. Also due to the withdrawal/reactions I have had I may at times have cognitive problems so please keep this in mind when reading my posts (also please note, these issues are improving as I recover).

 


#5 Altostrata

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 07:21 AM

No problem. You may start a topic and post about your experience in the Symptoms and What Helps forum. If others know about the tea, they may add to the topic. Be aware -- many people are hypersensitive to different things and may not have a good experience with something you've found to be helpful.
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#6 Altostrata

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Posted 14 November 2014 - 12:11 PM

About screen name changes

 

When you register, please choose a screen name that protects your identity. Unless you want family and friends to recognize your posts, do not tell them your screen name on SurvivingAntidepressants.org.

 

We minimize the changing of screen names

- To save work for the administrators (particularly me).

- To maintain a stable community, where people get to know you by your screen name and may be confused if it changes.

 

We will change screen names only for privacy reasons:

- If your screen name can be easily found in Google and tied to your real name. (This applies mostly to people who have used their surnames or family names as screen names.)

- If your screen name is the same as the one you use on social media.

 

Use of a first name as a screen name usually does not qualify as a privacy concern. A first name would have to be so unique it could be found quickly in Google AND related to your real name.

 

For example, there are many, many people in the world named Sandeep. If your real name and screen name are Sandeep, it's unlikely anyone who knows you would be able to find your posts on SurvivingAntidepressants.org via Google and attribute them to who you are in real life.

 

How to request a screen name change

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.

 

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

 

Send a personal message to me or another administrator with this information:

  • Your privacy-based reason for changing your screen name
  • Your new screen name -- check the Members list to make sure the screen name is not already being used

Screen name changes will be made only once.


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#7 Altostrata

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Posted 23 December 2014 - 03:08 PM

About the privacy of personal messages

 

Administrators and moderators do not read personal messages of other members unless the messages are addressed to them.

 

The forum software does not permit this, and I have no plans to install any add-ons that will enable viewing of personal messages.

 

According to the provider of the forum software:

 

We generally take the view that messages should be between users unless reported, so we haven't provided a viewing tool in the Admininstrator Control Panel. That said, we don't refer to them as 'private messages' because they aren't. There's three options for seeing them:

  • Users can report posts in a PM, which alerts staff via the Moderator Control Panel to the post in question
  • Users can invite staff into the PM in which case the full conversation is available to them
  • An administrator can browse through the database.

 

The last option -- browsing the database -- takes special technical skills that we would never employ for this purpose.

 

All the moderators and administrators here have signed a promise of confidentiality. If any is indiscreet or misuses personal information of our members, that person would find him- or herself without permissions right away, and probably banned.

 

NOTE There is one more way I might be able to read a personal message:

 

You may have set up your account so you get e-mail alerts when you have a new personal message. If you reply to this e-mail  instead of going to the site to read your personal messages, the reply gets sent to the SurvivingAntidepressants.org e-mail address. Embedded in the text is the personal message.

 

I would rather not get these messages. If you reply to an e-mail alert you will get this automated response:

 

This is Altostrata. When you reply to an e-mail alert, the mail comes to me.

To reply to your personal messages, please log in to SurvivingAntidepressants.org and click on the little envelope icon next to your name in the upper right of every page. You will see your personal messages.

Please do NOT reply to your e-mail alerts.

Thank you,

Altostrata

 


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#8 cymbaltawithdrawal5600

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Posted 29 August 2015 - 12:01 PM

 

As this is only a forum site, we cannot deal with emergencies of any type. If you have persistent thoughts of suicide, please contact the suicide hotline near you rather than posting them on this site.

 

I am very glad to see this. Even at this stage of recovery, where not much is too triggering, explicit posts cause me to feel a great deal of upset. I hope it is adhered to.....


What happened and how I arrived here: http://survivinganti...ion/#entry50878

July 2016 I have decided to leave my story here at SA unfinished. I have left my contact information in my profile for anyone who wishes to talk to me. I have a posting history spanning nearly 4 years and 3000+ posts all over the site.

Thank you to all who participated in my recovery. I'll miss talking to you but know that I'll be cheering you on from the sidelines, suffering and rejoicing with you in spirit, as you go on in your journey.

#9 buggedout

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Posted 06 September 2015 - 06:14 AM

Is there a way to have more than 12 lines in a signature? Certain # of posts etc.?


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July 2008: 150mg | June 24 2015: 145mg | July 28 2015: 130.5mg | Sept 4 2015: 117mg

Nov 10 2015: 105mg | Jan 24 2016: 94.5mg | Feb 28 2016: 85mg | Mar 27 2016: 76.5mg

Apr 28 2016: 69mg | Aug 14 2016: 62mg | Jan 19 2017 56mg | Feb 21 2017 50mg

 

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Ocean Blue 2100 Omega 3 | Barlean's Organic Greens | MegaFood Women's One Daily Tablets


#10 Altostrata

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Posted 06 September 2015 - 06:40 PM

No. The number of lines in a signature is limited because people were taking up pages with their signatures. This makes reading a thread difficult.


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#11 Altostrata

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 09:01 AM

Please see updates to post #1.


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