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General Discussion / Re: Thanksgiving
« on: October 08, 2014, 03:00:12 pm »
I'm thankful for my freedom, family, and overall well-being.  :)

General Discussion / Re: Feeling Uncomfortable
« on: September 22, 2014, 11:50:00 am »
Hey everyone,

Please see this new announcement addressing this issue:

Hopefully this will help.

Announcements / New Registration Procedure
« on: September 22, 2014, 11:47:25 am »
Dear MDAO Forum Members and Prospective Members,

Due to the issue of several spam accounts being registered and posting on the forum, registration policies have been adjusted to see if we can rectify the problem.

Thus far, the following steps have been taken to attempt to stop spammers:

1. Registration required with email activation/verification for all members (guests/non-registered members cannot post on the forum).
2. Fill out a "captcha" to confirm not being a robot.
3. Answering a simple question (true/false, simple response, etc.) to prove being human.

All of these measures have stopped over a hundred potential spammers from registering and posting on the forum. However, despite these measures, there have still been dozens of spam accounts registered and posts on the forum as a result.

We have diligently removed spam posts and banned the accounts of spam users on an ongoing basis, however this often can only occur once someone posts a spam post on the forum.

To see if we can further address the problem, as of today the measure of requiring admin approval to register to the forum is being implemented. This will hopefully allow us to ensure that only legitimate accounts are being created going forward. The risk of this approach, however, is that some potential members may be discouraged from registering and posting due to the added barrier to access - we hope that this will not be the case and that people will understand the reasons for the added step of verification.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to rectify these problems.

General Discussion / Re: Does meditation help?
« on: September 10, 2014, 05:23:32 pm »
I find using mindfulness techniques and the mindful approach to dealing with my own mental health issues to be very useful. There is research that indicates people who are trained in mindfulness meditation and practice mindfulness regularly are less likely to experience "relapses" into depression as those who don't. As with any "wellness tool," I think each person needs to try things for themselves and see if they work. That being said, like learning any new skill, I think mindfulness meditation (or exercise, or diet changes, or anything like that) needs to be given a fair and persistent effort over some time to see if it is beneficial or not.

Hey Paul, I agree that the quote I posted probably doesn't apply to every situation. I think the author was referring to a specific state that someone could be in (i.e. "psychotically depressed") in which the pain the person is in is so tremendous that death seems a better alternative.

At the end of the day, I view suicide as a choice, just like any other choice a person has. It's a fundamental human right to choose, I believe, "to be or not to be," to borrow from Shakespeare. Why someone might choose one way or the other, however, can vary depending on the individual and their circumstances.

General Discussion / Re: Daniel F
« on: August 15, 2014, 11:41:13 am »
You're welcome! Just so you know for the future, if you'd like you can send direct messages to people on the forum as well. On the top toolbar, there's a tab that says "My Messages," and you can message people from there if you want.

Seems like an appropriate time to post this quote from David Foster Wallace, who also took his own life in his battle with depression:

“The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.”
-David Foster Wallace

Announcements / Accessing Private Boards
« on: July 29, 2014, 02:29:18 pm »
There are private boards on this forum that are only open to specific members (e.g. provincial group boards only open to members of that provincial group). To access a private board on the forum, please read the following:

Private boards can only be seen by members who have been added to the corresponding “member groups” on the forum. To gain access to a specific board:

1.   Click on the “Profile” tab on the toolbar near the top of the screen.
2.   Hover the mouse over the “Modify Profile” tab and then click on “Group Membership.”
3.   Under the heading “Available Groups,” select the group you wish to join and click the “Request Membership” button on the right.
4.   A request will then be sent to the moderator of that group; once they have approved your request, you will be able to see, access, and post to that particular board.

Announcements / New MDAO Forum
« on: July 29, 2014, 02:01:23 pm »
Hey Everyone,

We unfortunately lost access to our previous forum for unknown reasons; the forum was hosted on another company's website and as such we do not have control over it's administration. We have contacted the administrators of the other site to see if we can regain access to the forum, and at the very least salvage previous topics and posts.

Going forward, however, this will be the new MDAO Forum. This forum is hosted on the MDAO site and we have administrative control over it, so we will be able to address any issues that come up.

Please feel free to create a new profile and contribute to our online community of support for people affected by Mood Disorders and related issues.

Thanks for your understanding and we apologize for the inconvenience.

-MDAO Admin Team

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