Over the past two years or so this forum has been a great help to me. Most of that time I have been lucky and in good shape mentally and have not had to ask for much help and have mainly written many,many replies to try and help others.
I have found that trying to help other sufferers has been very,very therapeutic for me,but it is time consuming and my confession is a mild one ,namely that now I am well (probably temporarily) and don't need so much therapy I don't always find the time to help the desperate. It is time consuming trying to find helpful words, and often failing.
i mention this as the bulk of the replies come from a hard core of perhaps a score of people ,and I feel it would maybe help those in trouble if they spent some time replying and helping others. It helps stop self obsessing with one's own problems which is good IMO and the thanks you receive will give you a warm glow. it is a dangerous business as one has to try very hard find the right words to help and not hinder but well worthwhile.
My suggestion is that much of the time I write the same advice,only the words vary. See your GP/ ways to give your tortured mind a wee holiday / try fish oil, etc etc. Maybe a page which listed in note form ways to help along the lines below for Depression and another one for anxiety would be good to give anyone in trouble some good general advice while waiting for replies .
Instant Depression help
1 Have you seen your GP ?
2. Have you made an effort to get a sympathetic,listening GP?
3. Give your poor mind a short,maybe an hour, holiday. (Listen to some favorite music, watch a good DVD, get into a good book)
4. Try and help a fellow sufferer on this forum.
5.Read "psycheducation" site
We all have our favoutite suggestions . maybe we could then have a poll to vote the top ten suggestions for the Page , and tell readers that these are the polled top ten suggestions for immediate help. I shall sulk if mine are n't picked but I'll get over it.