Thanks for your interest!
I'm a sociologist, so I'm interested in all the social aspects of having a mental disorder (how you came to define yourself as having a "disorder", your interactions with the medical system and other pathways, if you've faced discrimination, what stigma you feel you have faced/you anticipate and how it has impacted your social interactions, how you use the Internet for help-seeking/social support and what types of relationships you are able to form over the Internet). I should point out that the reason I am seeking people off the Internet is to find people that have tried different avenues of treatment. A lot of research on stigma in sociology is based on samples of people that have chronic problems and have been hospitalized....but maybe their experiences are not representative of people who have avoided diagnosis, are treating themselves, have been hospitalized but use the Internet for additional social support.
I have a long list of questions, but you can skip any questions you are uncomfortable with or don't want to answer. :)
I have done some work with people with OCD before, and now I would like to compare their experiences to those of people with other disorders for similarities/differences.
It also won't hurt my feelings if you just want to take a look at the study....you do not have to participate if you think it is not up your alley.
The list of questions is long though, so please contact me by e-mail for them. I ask people to answer what they can/have time for and to skip anything that makes them uncomfortable.