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Old 29th September 2015, 22:06
Abigail Hobbs Abigail Hobbs is offline
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Default An 'Other Mental Illnesses' section

For many people, SA is merely a symptom of a deeper issue so I think a subsection for other mental illnesses would be really helpful. I'm not sure about posting this suggestion because I don't know if it will be perceived as undermining the main purpose of the forum - to help people with SA. I know the site is laidback and pretty general about what we discuss, but I think it would be nice to have a categorised subsection for serious advice and discussion with people who share or have experience with the same illness.
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Old 29th September 2015, 22:10
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That sounds like a really good idea .

I know there are the odd other-mental-health-conditions threads every so often, but they can get buried can't they? It would make it easier to find those threads.
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Old 29th September 2015, 22:10
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That's an interesting idea. Obviously different mental health issues have different impacts on our SA, and vice versa, so I don't see that it would undermine the purpose of the site.
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Old 29th September 2015, 22:14
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^/^^

Exactly my thinking.

I'd really appreciate if you guys thought about implementing it. I believe I, and many other people, would benefit from it.
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Old 29th September 2015, 22:15
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I like the idea of this as well.
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Old 29th September 2015, 22:16
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I think it's a great idea too.
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Old 29th September 2015, 22:28
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I think it's a good idea! Not only can SA be a symptom stemming from other things like you said, but others things can happen as a result of SA, like how having SA can cause you to isolate yourself and then that leads to melancholy. As a bonus, some people in the early stages of their anxiety life may be able to nip that in the bud before it ever leads to that in the first place by looking at that advice or the discussions happening.
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Old 29th September 2015, 22:35
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As long as it's inclusive.
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Old 29th September 2015, 23:56
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Wasn't an idea a few years ago like this turned down?
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Old 30th September 2015, 00:01
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Default Re: An 'Other Mental Illnesses' section

I think it's a great idea. Would it be one generalised "other mental illnesses" forum or sub forums for specific types of disorders- mood,personality,psychosis etc?
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Old 30th September 2015, 00:05
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I think it's a great idea. Would it be one generalised "other mental illnesses" forum or sub forums for specific types of disorders- mood.personality,psychosis etc?
I was thinking simply a generalised subforum. Specific subforums would be ideal of course, but I just don't think there's enough of a demand for it on here. That's up to the mods to decide though, obviously.
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Old 30th September 2015, 00:09
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^^ I think just a general 'Other Mental Health Discussion' section would be best, I notice that Social Phobia World has a number of sections for individual mental health issues, but some aren't really posted in and it's quite a small community we have here.

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Wasn't an idea a few years ago like this turned down?
I'm not sure, but I personally think it's a good idea, obviously the site is SA focused, but many members have other MH issues and the SA Room is a well posted in section, so threads on other MH issues might get a bit lost.
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Old 30th September 2015, 00:17
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^ Indeed. If there is a demand for it, which there clearly seems to be, then we will certainly consider creating a new sub-section
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Old 30th September 2015, 00:42
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Azi already said it was a interesting idea so there for it won't be long until the sub forum is created init.
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Old 30th September 2015, 12:27
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^^^ That wouldn't work. I'm talking about a wide range of mental illnesses. How would a person with BDD fit in a group composed mostly of people who suffer from schizophrenia? How would a person with bipolar fit in a group composed of people who suffer from OCD? It's too loose a label to warrant a social group. Groups are also far too exclusionary and I also find the idea of a 'group' for people with a mental illness, any mental illness, quite offensive. Like we're being dumped in the crazy bin. A forum where any member, old or new could seek help and support, forum-wide whenever they need it without having to join a group first (in which the audience would be limited) is infinitely preferable.
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Old 30th September 2015, 12:43
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Default Re: An 'Other Mental Illnesses' section

^ pleased someone has sense haha

I don't think I've another mental illness (though i have my doubts at times) but I can imagine this being really helpful to other people ,having other mental health problems in relation to their anxiety, which doesn't get addressed as much in the forums.

aye get a poll up!
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Old 30th September 2015, 13:21
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^ Bit harsh, Johnny. It was a suggestion made years ago, but very much along the same lines: a space dedicated to other mental health conditions.


I agree a subforum would work better than a social group, though. I think it's already got enough support to warrant setting it up, at least for a trial run.
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Old 30th September 2015, 13:27
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^ Bit harsh, Johnny. It was a suggestion made years ago, but very much along the same lines: a space dedicated to other mental health conditions.


I agree a subforum would work better than a social group, though. I think it's already got enough support to warrant setting it up, at least for a trial run.
I wasn't referring to the link Azi, I didn't even read it lol
It was in reference to Abigail's idea and her argument as to why it ought to be a particular way.

It is probably because I lack common-sense so I can identify it from a mile off lol
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Old 30th September 2015, 13:29
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No worries -- we're all on the same page!

Now AH's responsible for the creation of 2 subforums, I think that's a record. You should charge commission.
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Old 30th September 2015, 15:32
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Default Re: An 'Other Mental Illnesses' section

I think it's a good idea, ppls experience of social anxiety vary wildly on this site, that could be down to the individual but also down to what ever else is going on, be it aspergers, bpd, gad, avpd etc
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Old 30th September 2015, 15:57
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No worries -- we're all on the same page!

Now AH's responsible for the creation of 2 subforums, I think that's a record. You should charge commission.
A promotion has got to be in the pipeline, surely ?
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Old 30th September 2015, 16:03
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A promotion has got to be in the pipeline, surely ?
I'm pretty sure they'd give Ted Bundy moderator status before me, and rightly so.
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Old 30th September 2015, 16:36
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Ted Bundy is a serial killer, rapist and pedo

I wonder what the real basis for picking people is for admin and moderator

Abigail you've come up with good ideas for the forum
From what I've seen, being level-headed, reasonable, diplomatic and having an ability to put one's own feelings aside when moderating are essential traits.
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Old 30th September 2015, 17:01
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Yeah, I've been an admin/mod elsewhere before and that's pretty spot on.
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Old 30th September 2015, 20:13
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Sometimes I want to be a mod just to view behind the scenes but I would be terrible at it. I couldn't refrain from personal attacks if someone was sending horrible PMs and I'd worry I'd accidentally break the family friendly rules of the forum so often that i would get "let go".

The mods here and what they put up with while still remaining so approachable and friendly are really impressive. I know I couldn't cope with that stress.
100% agree.
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Old 30th September 2015, 20:29
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I want to be a mod so I can personally attack people without getting banned. Apparently that's "not an acceptable reason" to become a mod though. PC bullshit, if you ask me.

I really like the idea of a sub-forum for non-SA mental health stuff. Glad to hear it's getting the go-ahead.
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Old 30th September 2015, 20:31
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I want to be a mod so I can personally attack people without getting banned. Apparently that's "not an acceptable reason" to become a mod though. PC bullshit, if you ask me.
100% agree.
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