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Old 11-07-2011, 02:10 PM   #1
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Just from watching the posts on this commnity, it seems to me that a large number of people here seem stuck, there seems to be a flood of strugging voices and not enough to stem the flow. Not much in the way of positive reinforcement, or useful advice, or sometimes even people answering so someone is "heard".

For example in the Coping with Emotions Forum the sticky does not provide any useful tips on coping with emotions, it just says it's a place to share your emotions. Most of the posts seem to be about venting, but not coping or gaining or building coping skills. It would be useful to at least have something to hold your over until you can find a therapist or something.

It seems that a lot of the chats in the calendar are inactive, or don't seem to happen. I am also alienated (and not the only one to experience this) by the demographic seeming mostly college age. I can't relate to that. It would be nice if there was a place for people in their 30s/40s and up to talk.

The resources section is frightenly out of date. Anything over a year old runs the risk of not being available, a lot of that seems to come from the early 2000s. Going through it is an exercise in frustration and futility for someone already maxed out.

I've only spent a short time here, while this seems a little more controlled than other places I feel it's not useful to me, hopefully I can find a place of support elsehwere.
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Old 11-07-2011, 02:24 PM   #2
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I'm sorry that you don't find PC helpful. I think you and I are probably in different forums. There median age in the bipolar forums is actually in early 40's. To answer your one question, I have found PC very helpful. But I guess it really would depend on what you are looking to get out of it. I myself am finding it an aide for me to get more unstuck. Because I have people here who have gotten to know me and encourage me to push a little harder and keep going forward not backward. I wish that would be everyone experience here. Good luck to you whatever you choose.
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Old 11-07-2011, 02:32 PM   #3
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Yeah, I guess it depends on what you are expecting from it. I find it therapeutic just to be able to post and vent when I need... in the end we all need to deal with our issues on our own, or possibly without a support network... that we created.


One thing that bothers me a bit is that it seems some people are afraid to chirp in with advice or comments because they are afraid it may be deemed unsupportive (and yeah, there has been plenty debate on what is considered supportive). It is great to have safe environment for such exchanges though. I just wish some peeps participated more as they have things to say


I think sometimes there tends to be also encouragement... how to say it... of unwellness... some people can get really defensive when will power and other things are mentioned, or when somebody comes with bold statements of taking things into their hands and now they gonna rock it... and debates can quickly turn into "no we can't"...
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If you don't like psych central. You could just go to another mental health forum. I like it here. The people here are very friendly.
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I have been a member on a couple of forums before I joined here and I have to say this is the one for me, I have found it really helpful and the people here are very friendly, This is a big forum though, I have just recently blocked a few forums that I don't find useful to myself. I am sorry that you don't find PC useful to you.

I hope that you find somewhere that is more suited to you and good luck.
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Old 11-07-2011, 02:49 PM   #6
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Hey Gashly,

We are not medical trained people. We are all suffering from MH Issues. This site is more for people to talk about how they are feeling and if other people can help out with their problems then that's great.

I have been here for a wee while and I enjoy this forum. I stick to a few forums where I post regularly and everyone there are great at givining advice if I need/ask.

Give the site a go and see what you think. If it's not for you then it's not for you!!
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Old 11-07-2011, 03:55 PM   #7
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hello gashly

In the first year or so when I was at psychcentral I was frustrated because I didn't feel like I fit in with the people here. It seemed at the time that I was surrounded by emo teenagers. Nothing wrong with teens but I was looking for someone who had experiences that they could share and I could learn. It took me quite awhile to learn how to use the site for my benefit.

I hope you can find the help you are looking for.
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Old 11-07-2011, 05:14 PM   #8
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I think I am more of a problem solver, and when I don't find answers I get easily frustrated. That is not to say that I don't like to feel validated, because I have often gotten advice when I was trying to vent, and just wanted to hear that it was ok to feel that way. It could be that I looked to this as a resource, and my frustration levels are high at this moment. There have been a couple of times where I found information from others on this forum that I wished my therapist had told me. I just wish there were more answers out there.

Overall though, I worry that just venting for me can be detrimental. I do need to take action, I can get stuck venting and it cycles in on itself. Sort of like a negative cycle, I guess. Perhaps that is what I'm worried about, not enough positive actionable examples to counteract the negative cycle, if that makes sense? I'm rambling, unfortunately, and feel very scattered and fogbrained at the moment.

This is not an attack on the community, or the people in it. As some people seem to have taken it. But I do think there are some things that could use some help. I worry about the number of people who are stuck who might outweigh the number of people who can find help here. Perhaps I am more sensitive to this, as I'm experiencing that stuckness and the overwhelming emotions and feelings of helplessness that go with it.
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I guess I feel that maybe there should be more moderation and intervention from experienced individuals? Perhaps because my feeling is that this board gives the impression of being a one stop shop, find your therapist, take a test, find a group to support you on this outdated resource. Some forums have useful stickies linked to the conditions section that help you sort out what the disorder is.

It would be good to have a sticky on sorting out/coping with your emotions on the coping with emotions forum.
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Just from watching the posts on this commnity, it seems to me that a large number of people here seem stuck, there seems to be a flood of strugging voices and not enough to stem the flow. Not much in the way of positive reinforcement, or useful advice, or sometimes even people answering so someone is "heard"..
You make a good point, I myself have had threads I created go unanswered or almost unanswered.

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For example in the Coping with Emotions Forum the sticky does not provide any useful tips on coping with emotions, it just says it's a place to share your emotions. Most of the posts seem to be about venting, but not coping or gaining or building coping skills. It would be useful to at least have something to hold your over until you can find a therapist or something.
What you say makes sense, nothing and no one is perfect, and while in its current form the area in question does help people it could of course be improved.
I hasten to note, lest the words seem empty, that I do not use the subfourm in question with anything nearing regularity and as such do not have a good idea of how it could be best improved or how that improvement could be accomplished.

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It seems that a lot of the chats in the calendar are inactive, or don't seem to happen. I am also alienated (and not the only one to experience this) by the demographic seeming mostly college age. I can't relate to that. It would be nice if there was a place for people in their 30s/40s and up to talk.
It's too bad about the chats, but I believe we do have a social group for people in their 30/40s (I could be thinking of something else, I'm 17 so such things are not in my sphere).

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The resources section is frightenly out of date. Anything over a year old runs the risk of not being available, a lot of that seems to come from the early 2000s. Going through it is an exercise in frustration and futility for someone already maxed out.
Really? I've never visited that part of the site, it sounds like an Admin should take a look.

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I've only spent a short time here, while this seems a little more controlled than other places I feel it's not useful to me, hopefully I can find a place of support elsehwere
You've clearly given this thought and I agree that if you are finding the thing you say to be true then you are right to look for somewhere else.
I wish you luck.
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