So hey, let's talk about mental illness.
Are you a person? Do you know anybody who is a person? Then hey, you probably have some experience with mental health issues! Because they are incredibly common!
This thread is for discussing the myriad topics that surround mental health and how it's addressed by society, by health professionals, by media, by anyone or anything else you care to mention. Note that mental health is a thorny issue. As well, even discussing mental health is a thorny issue. So here are some guidelines.
What This Thread Is:
A place to talk frankly about mental health. You can talk about past experiences with mental health, through whatever lens you wish. Have you suffered depression? Do you have a loved one who has anxiety issues? Did a close friend fall victim to suicide? Do you have opinions on how our culture treats mental illness? These are all good things to talk about! Talk about these things!
What This Thread Is NOT:
Therapy. If you are currently depressed and feel you need help, this is not the place to solicit help.
We are a bunch of guys on the internet. We are not mental health professionals. While everyone is welcome to share personal experiences, it should be done from a perspective of furthering insight or sharing experience. I recognize it's kind of a fine line to walk, so here is a non-rigid rule of thumb: if you're discussing something that happened before
, you're probably good. If you're talking about something that's going on right now
, that is probably beyond the scope of this thread. Obviously, as issues of mental health can be lifelong ordeals that do not have clean beginnings and ends, you are not barred from talking about, say, anxiety disorder if you still suffer from anxiety disorder. It is okay to say, "Once I had a panic attack and this is what happened." It is not okay to say, "I am having a panic attack right now, what should I do about it?"
And please note that Forum Rule Number One will count doubly in here. Do not be a dick.
People being dicks in here will be kicked from the thread so hard that Geth's foot will qualify as a rectal cybernetic enhancement.
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