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Hello, everyone --

 

This is a free volunteer peer support site. The people participating here give freely of themselves to help others.

 

Unfortunately, in support forums, people occasionally register with other agendas. They may want to promote a supplement program, a book they've written, or paid counseling services. They try to take advantage of suffering.

 

Do not give any personal information, including your e-mail address or phone number, to anyone who contacts you through this site selling something -- goods or services.

 

Supplement programs: We can't recommend any!

We don't know of any supplement programs that help recovery from antidepressant withdrawal syndrome. There are a few that make that claim, but there is no evidence the supplements work, or that they were chosen with any amount of knowledge.

 

People who are experiencing withdrawal often have hypersensitive nervous systems. If they are going to try supplements, it's best to try them one at a time, in very small doses, to see if they will aggravate symptoms. The supplement programs we know of package multiple supplements together for a high markup.

 

Because they make unsubstantiated claims, recommend taking multiple supplements that may be harmful, and sell common supplements at high prices, we do not recommend any supplement programs.

 

In the Symptoms and What Helps forum, we discuss individual supplements, do what we can to document effectiveness, and share anecdotal information about them, including tips where to find them at lowest cost. Please look there if you are interested in supplements.

 

Books or pamphlets

In our In the Media forum, people are welcome to post about books, for discussion by the community.

 

No one is permitted to sell books, or post links to sell books, on this site.

 

Counseling or healing services

No one is permitted to promote or sell their own counseling or healing services on this site. When doctors or psychotherapists register on this site, they may identify themselves by their professional credentials. However, they most likely would not offer individual therapeutic advice online, as this may make them vulnerable to lawsuits. They may talk generally about therapeutic techniques.

 

Anyone who identifies himself or herself as a mental health professional on this site will be required to submit bona fides to the administrator for verification.

 

We do hope to develop a list of doctors and psychotherapists we know understand gradual tapering and can support people through withdrawal.

 

If a person claiming to be a mental health professional or other counselor contacts you through this site offering their services, please immediately notify an administrator or moderator.

 

Be very careful in giving your e-mail address, phone number, or other indentifying information to anyone you haven't "known" for a while on this site. If you have any questions about someone, contact an administrator or moderator.

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Altostrata

Recently, an e-mail went out to some site members from Natasha Hedemann advertising something called the Alternative to Meds Center.

 

This e-mail was not authorized or endorsed by SurvivingAntidepressants.org.

 

Someone from this company apparently registered, went through the member list, and copied any e-mail addresses that were visible on profiles.

 

See these instructions to hide your e-mail address on your profile.

 

If you received one of these e-mails, please let me know.

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alexjuice

I didn't get the email. I'm glad this site is committed to noncommercial peer support and will do my part to help keep it that way.

 

I will not be buying anything.... unless somebody offers me a tasty sweet discount on some Longhorn tickets. I'd also consider a luxury yacht if the price was right, but it'd have to be really, really right.

 

:D

 

But seriously, shame on you, Natasha Hedeman!

 

Alex

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Rhiannon

I didn't get the email. I'm glad this site is committed to noncommercial peer support and will do my part to help keep it that way.

 

I will not be buying anything.... unless somebody offers me a tasty sweet discount on some Longhorn tickets. I'd also consider a luxury yacht if the price was right, but it'd have to be really, really right.

 

:D

 

But seriously, shame on you, Natasha Hedeman!

 

Alex

 

Or dark chocolate truffles...

actually I'm looking for a good deal on a used freezer, but you'd have to deliver it to my house...

Maybe we should start a classified ads section.

 

Or maybe Alto should lock this thread so Alex and I can't post wise-ass remarks any more.

 

:-)

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savinggrace

Hi,

 

On Thursday I received an email notification on Delia's thread from someone named Paulie with 3 links to sites selling Kava Kava (I didn't click on them but the post was clearly selling Kava Kava).  Also this came through because I follow Delia's thread...

 

The same evening I got an email from someone calling themselves Team Rocket Leader entitled "We will be taking over this site soon."  It was very upsetting as it claimed to have all our passwords, etc. and had very aggressive language in it...pretty upsetting actually.  I clicked on the link to SA and I received the "Sorry..." message.

 

Can I assume that these posts were caught and removed and our passwords are safe? I am wondering how someone used Delia's thread to try to sell Kava kava?

 

Thank you.  It's all a tad hard to understand, upsetting and confusing.  I apologize if this seems like a waste of your time but maybe I'll know how to handle this if it happens again.

 

Grace

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Altostrata

Those posts were from a comment spammer who has been banned. There was no intrusion into our member database.

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Junglechicken

Hi,

 

On Thursday I received an email notification on Delia's thread from someone named Paulie with 3 links to sites selling Kava Kava (I didn't click on them but the post was clearly selling Kava Kava).  Also this came through because I follow Delia's thread...

 

The same evening I got an email from someone calling themselves Team Rocket Leader entitled "We will be taking over this site soon."  It was very upsetting as it claimed to have all our passwords, etc. and had very aggressive language in it...pretty upsetting actually.  I clicked on the link to SA and I received the "Sorry..." message.

 

Can I assume that these posts were caught and removed and our passwords are safe? I am wondering how someone used Delia's thread to try to sell Kava kava?

 

Thank you.  It's all a tad hard to understand, upsetting and confusing.  I apologize if this seems like a waste of your time but maybe I'll know how to handle this if it happens again.

 

Grace

I received that as well Grace from TeamRocketLeader.

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Altostrata

It was from some dumb kid trying to make money on the Interwebs.

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savinggrace

Thanks Alto; should we just ignore suspicious stuff like this or report it? grace

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Altostrata

You can use the Report link at the bottom of a post and a moderator will look at it as soon as possible.

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Christian

But what if it is a pill that guarantees healing ? JK.

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