How about this idea for a Thread to help all the newbies we get.

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happy bill
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   Posted 3/23/2010 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
 
      I was thinking about how one of the newer people left a post saying  how helpfull it was to read thru the topics. What if the forum moderator put a thread at the top for newbies to read. This would include a post by all of us, about who we are, what bipolar has done to us, what has worked and what hasnt, things like that. Let me write a short example.
 
 
    Welcome to the BiPolar Forum. Now before you go any further take a deep breath, read these posts and understand that you can live with this desease and be quite successful also. I am a 42 yeal old married man who is diagnosed BPII. Currently i take a medication called Respridone to control my manias. I came to be diagnosed 2 years ago after a series of ....................................................... YADA YADA YADA YADA.
 
    I thought this might be a good place for us to leave messages of hope and understanding for people who are paniced and scared.  I know that you all have been great for me to listen to and hear what you suffer thru and from. Some of you are like copies of the way the illness presents in me and its nice to know i'm not alone.  Also this way if you take a break from the board for a while your post would still be there for others to read months/years from now. 
 
    So i am bouncing this idea off you all, especially the new ones who come around here. Do you think this would help you out at all? Does this sound like something the older crowd would like to do? 
 
Thanks for listening. 
   Bill 

serafena
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   Posted 3/23/2010 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Not a bad idea, but we already have a greeting "sticky" thread. www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=13&m=883428 It's pretty dry, and I'd be happy to add a more welcoming post to it, if you'd like to see it reformed.

I just want to put out there that only 10% or so of the people who drop by and say hello actually stick around and become members of the community. I'm all about having a "hello" thread, but if everyone posted to it, it'd get unwieldy and hard to read pretty quick. We have to cut off threads at 50. So think about it, and let me know how you all feel.
Serafena
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"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER


happy bill
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   Posted 3/23/2010 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   

 

  Where i come from the only stupid question is th eone that doesnt get asked. Thats per the firehouse. LOL LOL LOL  Like i said it was just a thought, no harm no foul.

   Bill


serafena
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   Posted 3/23/2010 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, gosh no, absolutely no foul!!! And like I said, as it stands, it's not particularly warm and fuzzy. It could definitely stand for some shaping up, if you'd like to.

serafena
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"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER


Tainted
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   Posted 3/24/2010 2:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I think that a sticky thread with posts from a few people relating their story and how they are living succesfully with this disorder would be great. I felt a little lost when I first got here and I had to look around a while before feeling comfortable. A thread at the front that had a good message of hope and acceptance would have made me feal more comfortable. I don't think an open thread would be good; it would just get confusing. A closed thread with some good introductions would be great though! :)

Just my opinion as a noob!

Tainted

happy bill
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   Posted 3/24/2010 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   

 

  Who would be interested? I am willing to write out a bit (heck you all cant shut me up. LOL LOL LOL )  There are others here that might help out also. Would we limit it to say 10? Try to get a good cross section of men and women, and those who suffer more depression and those who suffer more mania?

   How does that sound >????

  Bill


Cateyes
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   Posted 3/24/2010 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah tongue I think it would be an excellent idea and Bill great job!!!  You have helped many with this disorder and the fun stuff you bring to it.  We beepers are not completely incapable of holding normal productive lives and when you are presented with this news all you can do is think of how screwed up you are.  By being here has made me realize yeah I have a problem, but I am smart and alot of fun.  Never a dual moment with me.  People or newcommers need to feel like they are not screwed up.  You can live a new comfortable life in your own skin without feeling like a loser!!!!  I think this welcome forum would possiably help new members and even get them to stay..idea
Bi-polar, Adhd, Anxiety disorder, PTSD with a child with ADHD BIPOLAR Anxiety


Tainted
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   Posted 3/24/2010 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
My only thought is that it should definitely be people who have been dealing with this for some time, as much as all of us noobs want to help, I'm not sure it would be helpful to say "hey, I was just diagnosed and I've been on meds for two weeks now and I'm going crazy but right now I feal GREAT!!!", lol.

Maybe Sarafena could ask a few key people who have been around a while to write out a welcoming blurb relating how they live succesful lives with the disorder, how being a part of a community like this helps, etc. Having an open casting call could potentially lead to hurt fealings and akwardness in the selection (and denial) process.

serafena
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   Posted 3/25/2010 7:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds good. If you'd like to contribute, send me an email, and I'll post them.
Serafena
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Bipolar II

"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER

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