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Offline lydgate

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Mental Health forum?
« on: June 15, 2006, 07:28:12 PM »
A new  -- or for that matter, long-standing -- HIV diagnosis obviously has enormous impact on a person's state of mind. More so, it would seem, than almost any other medical diagnosis. I know that issues of anxiety, depression, panic, feelings of guilt and shame... these are all covered and discussed in the Living With HIV forum. But I was wondering if it was an important and large enough sub-theme to deserve/merit its own separate forum. Doing so would "highlight" mental health issues and someone looking for information or support on how to deal with anxiety, say, could go straight to that forum. Or would that be overkill, multiplying categories and forums? (One could similarly argue for separate forums on Serodiscordant Couples, Dating and Disclosure, Fatigue, etc etc.) What do people think? And the Moderators?

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Offline cubbybear

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Re: Mental Health forum?
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2006, 08:01:04 PM »
I think you get all the mental health support you need from the living with forum.  I know the living with forum has saved me from many a dark moment in my life over the last 8 months.  I don't think it needs it's own forum though, but that's just my 2 cents.

Living with HIV.. it encompasses every aspect, including our mental well being.
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Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: Mental Health forum?
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2006, 08:58:42 PM »
Or would that be overkill, multiplying categories and forums? (One could similarly argue for separate forums on Serodiscordant Couples, Dating and Disclosure, Fatigue, etc etc.) What do people think?

Hmmmm, well, posts often have overlap e.g. "Too Fatigued to Date" or "Neg in +\- Couple Wants to Disclose to Parents"

I agree with cubby bear

Offline Robert

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Re: Mental Health forum?
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2006, 09:27:59 PM »
hi...

I'm not newly diagnosed but depression has certainly become a new and wholly unexpected part of my life.  I deal with it, like Matt (cubby) said in just opening up the "Living" section.  It always gives me a boost.

By the way, you're from CAnada, right?  I hope you're planning on coming to Toronto in August.  The dates are 18-21 although many people are showing up on the 16 and returning on the 22.  There is a seperate Forum section on the AMG meeting.  That should answer all your questions.

Hope you can make it.  Would love to see you.

robert

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Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Mental Health forum?
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2006, 10:55:40 PM »
I have to agree with Papa Bear (cubbybear) and the others. I think the Living With HIV forum accomodates our mental health needs more than admirably.

MtD

Offline joemutt

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Re: Mental Health forum?
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2006, 01:25:27 AM »
I think specific threads about mental health in the living with forum wd be the way to go, since the living with forum has the most trafic, so more possible feedback and input, my 2 cts

Offline david25luvit

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Re: Mental Health forum?
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2006, 02:43:14 AM »
I feel the same way Cubbybear does..........and that's my two cents worth.
But then I'm mental :P
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Re: Mental Health forum?
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2006, 04:14:40 AM »
Keep the worries here, please.......it is nice to read cheerful ánd gloomy posts, I always cheer up from something nice after I read something heavy here!

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Offline DingoBoi

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Re: Mental Health forum?
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2006, 07:16:33 PM »
I think it would be duplicitious.   and fear creating a forum would further fracture the forums... we already can see that in some of the forums which are 'less popular' and don't get much traffic, hence less responses, whereas the living with forum is high traffic and virtually guarantees more response and discussion.


Offline DanielMark

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Re: Mental Health forum?
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2006, 06:56:08 AM »
Have to aqree. Mental health (pesky thing) is part of living. There are already a large variety of threads here in which the mind and all it's junk plays an active part. LOL

Just my 2 little pennies.  ;)
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