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DepressionForums.org is a website that supports a Depression, Mental Health Community Support Group.
Our members share peer-to-peer for depression, anxiety, mood disorders, medications, therapy and recovery.
DF as it is well known, has over 70,000 members on our website alone.
We have been on the web since 2001 and moved from .com to.org in 2004.
Growing by leaps and bounds, with over 400,000 unique visitors on average, 1,065,898 Hits, 5,210,057 pages,605,530 visits on a monthly basis .
We are on Twitter with 5,665 followers, plus we are growing on FB, which you may contribute as a guest blogger as well.
Why Contribute to Depression Forums?
· Because it would benefit both our Brands enormously!
· Please look at what DF contributes to on Twitter alone and on our Portal just to get the jest of what Depression Forums is all about and what information our member’s needs are, which would benefit both of our brands.
Just our statistics above speak for itselfand would bring your site the traffic and recognition that you need and the articles that I need for my members. It is a win win situation.
· Every blog on Depression Forums will include your bio with a link back to your site.
· Most contributors featuringtheir writing on DF do immediately notice increase in traffic and subscribers to their website/blog.
· As a Depression Forums Guest Contributor, you can update your bio at any time to promote certain products you may be launching.
· Provide original, personal, and honest work. Original means your post has never before been published anywhere, including your own blog, and does not include any sections taken from a previously published post.
· Differentiate your post from others already on DF. Many posts cover similar tips or ideas, and that’s perfectly alright, but if you share your own story and uniqueness to your blog, this will be more than adequate to diversify it.
How to Submit:
You may email your articles to "Contact Us" from our site or
Email them as attachments in Microsoft Word to Lindsay at: Admin @ depressionforums.org. Please only send one article at a time.
Write “Blog Submission” followed by your title in the subject line. Please note that I do not accept articles sent from agents, publicists, or assistants.
Include bolded parts for emphasis and bulleted points or numbered lists, if needed. Please do not capitalize words for emphasis.
Use 11 size font, black, with single spacing.
Keep your article between 700-1,300 words. I occasionally publish shorter articles, but longer is better, in my opinion.
Upload a photo of yourself in your blog, (if you’d like a photo to show next to your bio). Also, please include in your email the email address of your site.
Thank you so very much for your inquiry and I hope to hear from you soon.
~Lindsay Reday, Forum Super Administrator, Founder
Guest Blogger Guidelines Submission
DepressionForums.org is a website that supports a Depression, Mental Health Community Support Group.
These are members share peer to peer depression, anxiety, mood disorders, medications, therapy and recovery.
DF has over 70,000 members on our website alone.
We have been on the web since 2001 and moved from .com to.org in 2004.
Growing by leaps and bounds, with over 391,337 unique visitors, 1,065,898 Hits, 5,210,057pages,605,530 visits .
We are on Twitter with 5,665 followers, plus growing on FB which you may contribute to as a guest blogger as well.
Why Contribute to Depression Forums?
· Because it would benefitboth our Brands enormously!
· Please look at what I contribute on Twitterand on my Portal to get the Jest of what Depression Forums is about and what information our member’s need which would benefit both of our brands.
Just our statistics above speaks for itselfand would bring you the traffic and recognition that you need and the articles that I need for my members. It is a win win situation.
· Every blog on Depression Forums will include a bio with a link back to your site.
Most contributors featuringtheir writing on DF do immediately notice increased traffic and subscribers to their website/blog.
· As a Depression Forums contributor, you can update your bio at any timeto promote products you may be launching.
Provide original, personal, and honest work.Original means your post has never before been published anywhere, including your own blog, and does not include any sections taken from a previously published post.
· Please provide original, personal and honest work.Original means your post has never before been published anywhere, including your own blog, and does not include any sections taken from a previously published post.
Differentiate your post from others already on DF. Many posts cover similar tips or ideas, and that’s perfectly alright, but if you share your own story and uniqueness to your blog, this will be more than adequate to diversify it.
Welcome to the Depression Forums
We are so glad that despite the fact that you are feeling such despair you still have the need, desire, will and determination to ask for help. We know you are seeking answers to your immediate questions, concerns and crisis situation.
This forum is NOT able to provide IMMEDIATE crisis or suicide intervention or professional counseling. We MUST refer you elsewhere. If you are suicidal and are looking for resources that offer immediate assistance, please go to the HOTLINE SECTION IN THE FORUMS.
WHAT IS THE DEPRESSION FORUMS AND WHO ARE ITS MEMBERS?
This WEBSITE & bulletin board system was set up with one sole purpose in mind. It fills a void by offering a meeting place or forum for discussions, via a computer website, to individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, panic attacks, ADHD and OCD.
This forum does not employ and is not sponsored or monitored by any members of the medical community. No individuals on this forum participate in a professional capacity. We do not have access to professionals in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, social work or suicide prevention, nor are any of our members here in a professional capacity. We are an informal group of individuals from various religions, age groups and ethnic backgrounds. This makes little difference though, our medical condition is the bond that we all share. We are individuals with the commonality of mental illness who are seeking to meet others for the purpose of listening, supporting, and helping our fellow members.
Through a series of posts, we assure others that they are not alone and that on this forum we share information and our common experiences. We have an area set up on the forum to discuss and answer general concerns and questions about depressive illnesses. We also have separate areas available to discuss the pros and cons of the most commonly prescribed medications for our conditions.
WHAT IS CLINICAL DEPRESSION?
We do not know you personally but we already know quite a bit about you as far as what you are feeling and experiencing. We know that many individuals will suffer a major bout of clinical depression in their lifetime and that many of those depressive episodes cause an individual to experience suicidal thoughts. We know that most forms of depression, while not fully understood, have been found, through extensive research, to be linked to a chemical imbalance in the brain, most commonly serotonin. We know THAT DEPRESSION is A REAL ILLNESS and NOT a PERSONAL WEAKNESS or CHARACTER FLAW. Recovering from depression often takes the help of a medical professional not unlike other illnesses. We know you CAN'T just will it away. We know that you CAN'T allow yourself to believe that if YOU were a stronger person YOU could shrug OFF THESE HORRIBLE FEELINGS. You suffer from an illness that requires professional intervention. However, we know that depression is an illness that can be properly diagnosed and successfully treated!
There are many symptoms associated with clinical depression
- Feeling totally overwhelmed and anxious.
- Having trouble overcoming feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness and hopelessness.
- Trouble falling or staying sleeping, or sleeping much more than normal.
- Feeling very tired and having little or no energy.
- Losing the ability to feel enjoyment in daily activities that used to be quite pleasurable, including sex.
- Having difficulty concentrating, thinking clearly, making decisions and accomplishing tasks.
- Feeling very pessimistic, negative and extremely critical of yourself.
- Being told that others have noticed a change in your mood and behavior.
- Relationships with family members and other people have changed and you are losing interest in being around other people.
- Persistent feelings of sadness and frequent periods of crying.
- Feeling that there is nothing in life to look forward to.
- An increase in the use of alcohol and drugs.
- A dramatic weight lose or gain is quite common.
- Having recurring thoughts of suicide.
You can find some comfort in the fact that we can describe you without having ever met you. We can do that because you suffer from a well defined illness. We can also do that because most or all of us on this forum have been there. You are not alone in this suffering and you are not experiencing anything unique. We know you believe that no one else has ever felt as low as you are right now but that is not true. The truth is that the symptoms that you are experiencing now are more common than you may know.
The good news is that you don't have to go on living this way! Help is available! Many of us on this forum have successfully battled back from the pit of despair and blackness, as you will, and we now celebrate our decision to choose life. We have found the will, hope, desire and means to take back control of our lives. Depression can be successfully treated with medication and therapy. Dozens of very effective medications are available to correct the chemical imbalance in the brain. Therapy is highly recommended in addition to medication to help you feel better about yourself and to deal with life in healthier ways.
In addition to taking medication, talking to a therapist about life's serious events and daily challenges can speed your recovery. It can also help you learn how to cope with the serious problems and sad events that inevitably occur throughout one's lifetime.
Coming here and asking for help was your first step on the road to recovery. You visited us looking for life saving alternatives. You DO have choices! Finding the right combination of medication and talk therapy is your second step. You don't need to suffer needlessly any longer.
WHY DOESN'T THESE DEPRESSION FORUMS OFFER IMMEDIATE SUICIDE CRISIS INTERVENTION?
1.) In all honesty, we do not have the qualifications, training and expertise to do so. This forum does not employ and is not sponsored by any members of the medical community. We do not have access to professionals in the fields of psychology, psychiatry, social work or crisis/suicide prevention nor are any of our members here in a professional capacity.
2.) This is a volunteer staffed bulletin board system. Private messaging or chat facilities for 'live' communications are available but not monitored. We do not have a central location to initiate or respond to "one on one" phone calls.
3.) Moderators and members log on and off the forum at will. There is no assurance that an individual capable of offering assistance will be logged on at any given time. Posts are read and answered at will by any member who chooses to do so. Posts and replies are NOT monitored by any other individual for content. Your message may not be read or replied to for an extended period of time.
4.) The member population on the forum is constantly changing. We are a community of individuals, each at a different stage of personal recovery. Many members, although not suicidal, are just beginning their journey back to health. We do not regulate the replies posted by any individual. Because of the open nature of this forum, there is no assurance that your post will be answered by a person who has progressed far enough to be able to do so in a helpful manner. He or she, in an effort to respond as best they can, may post information that is not appropriate, accurate, supportive, or meaningful. Some replies may reflect the depressive, pessimistic or negative feelings of the author.
ON A PERSONAL NOTE
We know you are having a real tough time with life right now. There are many people on this forum who have been in the exact same situation. We know it feels hopeless and it feels like it will never end. Trust us. Everyone here is recovering or has recovered. It can and does get better. You will feel happy again, be able to smile and you will look forward to another day.
Take action now. Take back control of your life. Get help from a suicide crisis hotline, your family doctor, psychiatrist, psychologist or other mental health professional. Once you have been diagnosed, accessed and have started a treatment plan of medication and therapy, please come back to the forum and let us know how you are doing.
Once the immediate crisis is past, we are here to encourage, support and help you in any way we can. We care about you. We'd love you to join our forum as you begin your road to recovery. We all understand what you are going through because we share so much in common. You will be accepted here for who you are. You will find hope and inspiration in our community that is always open and always here to listen and share "our" collective experiences, information and knowledge with you. In no time you will become an active, participating member of our discussions. We look forward to the day when you will feel well enough to help those that will join the forum after you. As our needs and mental health status change, we all GIVE and TAKE what we can, when we can. We look forward to hearing from you again. That is what we are all about. That is why we are here for each other. That is why we will be here for you.
Donations would be greatly appreciated.
The Bleakness of Depression
"The bleakness of the landscape is unimaginable. It is as friendless and alien as a Dali painting. Ordinary concerns, such as work or friends, have no place here. Futility muffles thought; time elongates cruelly. Who is to blame for this situation? Those with depression think it must be them. Pointlessness and self-loathing govern them. So the natural final step is suicide. People with depression don't kill themselves to frighten an errant boyfriend. They kill themselves because it is the obvious and right thing to do at that point. It is the only positive step they can think of."
an Ipswich (UK) general practitioner
and consumer with depression,
writing in the British Medical Journal
(NAMI Advocate )
Untreated depression is the #1 cause of suicide. Depression IS treatable.
Suicide IS preventable.
How To Help Someone With A Mental Illness
A family member, friend or coworker who cares about someone who is living with a mental illness can help in many ways. Your commitment to them can help them to feel supported in their recovery efforts, feel safe and begin to enjoy life.
Depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder can make people feel isolated and alone and they withdraw from family and friends. They may feel hopeless at times, finding it difficult to do things they once enjoyed. You can provide encouragement.
How can you help?
Consider your strengths and the time you have to give. You could call every other evening to check in or meet with them once a week. You could offer to do grocery shopping or take children to activities. You might help her complete insurance forms and explain benefits. If you’re a good listener you can offer much needed emotional support.
Let your friend or family member know they can count on your help. Tell him or her, "You don't have to go through this alone. I'm here if you need me."
- Accept the fact that the person has a legitimate illness.
- Learn all you can about their disorder and its treatment so that you can more effectively cope, help, and keep your expectations realistic.
- Be understanding. Let him know that you care. Engage her in conversation and listen carefully.
- Use humor when appropriate.
- Try not to become angry at your friend or family member. Don't get stuck in talking about the past - stay in the present.
Help your friend or family member stay active.
- Invite her for walks, to the movies and other activities.
- Encourage participation in activities he once enjoyed, such as hobbies, sports, or cultural activities.
- Do not push her to undertake too much too soon. Too many demands can increase feelings of failure.
Offer Practical Support
- Cook dinner once a week.
- Run errands.
- Arrange a regular time to walk or go to the gym together.
Help with medical needs
- Encourage him to maintain professional medical help.
- Help her identify emotional and physical symptoms.
- With your friend's or family member's cooperation, help her with tracking medications.
- Talk to him about what you will do if there is a crisis and what will happen, such as hospitalization. Put the plan in writing.
Help them recognize recovery
- Point out small signs of progress, by saying things like: "You laughed tonight more than you have in a long time," or "I see you're working in your garden again."
Take care of the caregiver
- Spend time with other people you care about.
- Take time off, if you need to.
- Talk to other people who are struggling with similar situations, perhaps in a support group.
Protect against suicide risk
- To determine if someone is having thoughts of suicide, try asking: "Are you thinking about giving up?" "Do you need help to keep yourself safe?"
- If you feel there is a risk, seek professional help immediately.
Book: Talking to Depression
When the one you love is struggling
Families for Depression Awareness
Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D.
National Women's Health Resource Center and Eli Lilly and Company
Free training for family members
The NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program is a free 12-week course for family caregivers of individuals with psychiatric disorders. The course discusses the clinical treatment of these illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively. Family-to-Family classes are offered in hundreds of communities across the country, in two Canadian provinces, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
View the current Family-to-Family course schedule.
of like minds
What is The Depression Forums Team?
We are a group of individuals, both male and female, who help to moderate The Depression Forums. Each of us has a personal reason for volunteering and giving of ourselves for a depression-based forum because each of us are either personally affected or recovering from a depressive illness or we have a loved one dealing with such an illness.
We have between 10 - 15 members who function as VOLUNTEER Moderators on the team. They help us by being our eyes and ears during the daily running of The Depression Forums. Very little would be accomplished without such a great group of members. All of us together compromise the Forum Admin Team. Please keep in mind that we are not a professional medical website, we do not have doctors on staff.
Each of us knows the system very well and we each have access to moderation functions and features. With our other responsibilities, we all come and go as time allows. We all have the authority to handle problems individually when appropriate. At other times, we will conference among the whole team when required.
The makeup of the moderation team is always subject to change as requirements dictate.
This "TEAM" is fluid and its membership may not be constant. We agreed that it served no positive purpose to make those changes public since such changes will NOT affect the functionality of the Administration of this Forum.
The Super Administration though shall always remain the same.
Most, if not all decisions, are discussed and carried out with the consent of the entire team. We may vary in size, the number of Moderators and members may come and go, but our functions on the board will continue to be carried out with consistency and without interruption.
The administrative function will continue seamlessly and consistently no matter who is available at any given moment.
Depression Forums.org is a community support website solely dedicated to Depression and Mental Health. The content of the Forums, for the most part, is written by our members' and is not edited under normal circumstances. If the content of a members' post violates our Terms Of Service, (TOS), then it is edited by our volunteer staff, (moderators), to remove the offending content, or in extreme cases, the post may be removed entirely.
The Depression Forums Incorporated supplies up to date consumer depression and mental health information for our members.
DF's content is submitted by the Administration who have no affiliations with drug companies, using a combination of news sources.
All Articles on The Depression Forums Incorporated are reviewed by one or more Forum Administrators' before being placed on the Portal or Forums.
Content is verified using various internet news sources.
The Forum Super Administrator (Lindsay) and Managing Director (LGJ) and Forum Admins are responsible for validating all editorial content of the news items, (which we do), that is put on the Home Portal and The Depression Forums pages. Our moderators and the entire Administration Team at DF are responsible for editing members topics and posts on the forums as time permits.
Revision Dates, Authoritative Information and Sources are published at the end of each article. All articles include the latest updates.
Depression Forums, Incorporated is run by a volunteer staff, none of whom are medical professionals.
Any information available on Depression Forums is for informational purposes only and the accuracy of such information cannot be guaranteed.
Considering the real-time nature of this bulletin board, it is impossible for us to review every message or confirm the validity of all information posted. While we moderate posts to try and keep Depression Forums as safe and accurate as possible, Depression Forums takes no responsibility for the content of any posts on this forum. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message posted.
It is virtually impossible for us to see and review every post as it gets posted on the Forum.
The posts express the views of the author who posted the message, not necessarily the views of The Depression Forums or any person or entity associated with this Forum. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by clicking on the " Report this post to a moderator" at the bottom of a post or by sending a PM to Forum Admin. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is warranted.
This is a manual process, however, so please realize that we may not be able to remove or edit particular messages immediately.
The Depression Forums are not run by a full time paid staff, but by a team of volunteers who come and go as their schedules permit. We are not professionals and cannot provide or be a substitute in place of health care professionals.
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Our mission is to create an atmosphere that is both supportive and informative in a caring, safe environment for our members to talk to their peers about depression, anxiety, mood disorders, medications, therapy and recovery. Our vision is to advance the public awareness of mental health issues so as to eliminate the stigma that surrounds depression and mood disorders through education and advocacy, not to forget to strive to obtain the equality for mental health care coverage as it is no different from any other medical illness.
We go to extreme lengths to provide our members with accurate, informative information on mental health from reliable sources and we site our sources.
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