A welcome and introduction to the Message Board from Anne Sheffield
This Message Board will provide you with understanding, empathy, support, help,
compassion, and advice about how to cope with the depression or bipolar disorder of
someone you love. Here you will discover that what you had thought was a unique,
isolating experience is in fact shared by countless other people all over the world who,
like you, love and live with someone who suffers from these illnesses. All of you have
Their stories, insights, and advice will be more understandable and useful if you
have read my books and can put what you read here into a broader perspective. But
whatever you choose to read, please make a big effort to become an amateur expert on
depression and the extraordinary ways it changes thinking and behavior. The more
you know and understand about this illness, the more able you'll be to cope with its
fallout and to help your loved one get better.
The Message Board's General Discussion forum is for depression fallout sufferers
and is now in its eighth year. As new threads are added, old ones fall off the board,
but there is an Archive of what we call "classic" threads. Newcomers may wish to
start by reading through the My Story forum and posting their own story there.
From A Depression Sufferer's Point of View invites anyone with unipolar or bipolar
illness to comment and answer questions; their participation has proved extremely
helpful. The Ask Anne forum is for specific questions you may have for Anne
regarding treatment modes, medication, research and other issues not covered in her
books or by the other sources here.
Note: As of June 1, 2007 there is a single message board.
Using the Message Board
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the Depression Fallout message board. The Depression Fallout board does require you to register before
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Depression Fallout message board or "global," i.e., be allowed to post on any EZboard message board.
Please be respectful when posting. Bluntness is acceptable, rudeness and humiliation
are not. Anne and her message board monitors retain the right to delete or otherwise
deal with post that are disruptive. Please email the Board Administrator if you see
such a post, or if you see the potential for a serious problem of any kind.
Our community is large and diverse, and to keep it helpful and healthy takes the
goodwill and mutual cooperation of all of us. Please use it to your benefit and that
of all its members.
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On the Net Foundation (HONcode). Please be aware that all posts are
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is accurate, and are requested to provide references (links, for example)
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