Self-care

Helpful Online Communities

The internet was my only way to communicate with people for quite a while in the past.

These are the sites I’ve found the most helpful:

7 cups

Online therapy. You can seek help or provide one by becoming a listener.

BetterHelp

If you prefer online therapy, this might be one of the best sites to seek professional help.

Surviving Antidepressants

Forum where you can get some very useful information about tapering psychiatric drugs.

Reddit

You can find almost any topic in there or open your own. It’s not an instant help option, but you can get many helpful insights from people with the same problems, other issues, or have a debate about anything else you want to focus on.

The worst thing you can do to yourself when you don’t feel so good is to focus too much on your own bad feelings or any other bad stuff. Been there, done that and I really don’t recommend it.

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube

Instagram was the most useful for me, because I was still able to take pictures when I wasn’t so good with words.

These sites can be very helpful and informative. But before you put anything in your body, I strongly recommend you to consult with your doctor or pharmacist.

Doctors are humans too, and nobody knows everything. Some are better in one area, others in another. It’s best to find the ones who are willing to listen to you and are willing to discuss all possible options to provide you the best help you deserve. In good doctor – patient relationship, you learn from each other as well.
The same goes for psychotherapy.

You can get plenty of good advice online, but it’s not bad to have some offline consultations as well. Nothing can replace an in-person communication.

This goes, if you’re already covered with some unpleasant feelings, but even better, to prevent or stop them from getting any worse, if you’re dealing with some difficult situations.

Which online community do you find the most useful?

19 Comments

  • Yetismith

    I went through a 24 hour period of withdrawal due to a hospital error, would you believe! It was the most horrible feeling, so I have the deepest sympathy for anyone who has a long term experience. You blog is very helpful, Maja. Certainly agree that everyone has to find their own way as we are all so different and that’s why it is so important for people to tell their storiesd. Thank you so much and good luck always.

    • Maja

      It doesn’t sound like a pleasant experience. I’m glad you find this blog helpful; thanks for stopping by and all best in your journey.

  • Truthseeker247

    Hi, I’m curious, how are you doing now? You wrote that you withdrew from one or more psych meds a few years ago. What was your experience like? Perhaps you wrote about this before, but this is my first time on your site.

    I hope you’re doing well. I’d be interested in talking about your experience coming off the psych drugs, if you’re open to that.

    Best,

    Paul

    • Maja

      Hi, Paul, I’m doing better at the moment, thanks for asking.
      I was taking paroxetine, fluoxetine, sertraline, escitalopram, venlafaxine, duloxetine, bupropion, trazodone, alprazolam, zolpidem, diazepam, gabapentin, pregabalin, tramadol, methadone. I also have a very short experience with quetiapine, risperidone and promazine. Of course I didn’t take all of them at once and some of them for a very short period of time. I’m currently on atomoxetine, clonazepam and lamotrigine (very low dose of the last two). It wasn’t easy, each of them has its own withdrawal. The most important thing I’ve learned was to go slow and not pushing your body to adapt to fast. It took me a whole year to come of 2 mg of clonazepam. This was the hardest. Some people can handle the withdrawal faster, I’m the one who needs much more time to adapt. You need to figure out your own tempo. I really don’t recommend withdrawing without proper psychological support (you know, the talking part), which I didn’t get. This was my fault completely. I somehow thought that my own medical knowledge and experience will be enough along with some internet support, but I couldn’t be more wrong. One lesson learned. 🙂
      I might write more detailed post in the future, but I’m preoccupied with other things at the moment. I hope this helps a little.

  • Janina Glass

    Love this: “Doctors are humans too, and nobody knows everything.”

    That’s what I say to people wanting to bash on the whole system just because a doctor made a mistake. Someday our current medical technology will seem antiquated and quaint, since for now there is still an awful lot of trial and error as well as guessing, BUT for now doctors are simply well educated but imperfect humans doing the BEST they can with what they have! I appreciate their efforts. ♥️

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