HAS THIS EVER HAPPENED 2 YOU IN A SUPORT GROUP, CHAT ROOM OR BULLETIN BOARD?
Maybe because I speak up for those who don’t have a voice, I kick up more dust than the average slug crawling around the internet but this was a big one. I ended up in tears. How did they get to me? How did this ‘Kelti’ get a bully pulpit into my life? I was confused. It must have happened like this:
I DID A Google search on new antidepressants, for mine had stopped working. The first research result was an Advertisement a company that pays extra money to be at the very top of search results on Google. It looked good, it looked like it offered new ideas on medicine for bipolar, and I, ever the newbie, wandered in to a place I thought would be safe. Boy was I wrong!
First of all, they had strict rules they had not clearly posted. I must have broken one.
Two distressed people had just posted questions about TD. “ I think I have Tardive Dyskinesia, I’m scared. What should I do?” or, “I’m on three antipsychotics for ten years now, will I get Tardive Dyskinesia too?” I felt for them. I Wanted to reassure and inform them on new treatments, symptom management, even the charities that help with expensive new drugs. So I told the brief version of my trouble with TD, and its’ happy ending at a movement disorder center in Gainesville.
An Angry GL (group leader) named K jumped in, threatening to ‘Ban’ me from the group, accusing me of frightening her members, causing trouble and making them upset and angry. She said I was breaking all of MD Junction’s rules about self- promotion. She said I was bashing antipsychotics, a drug that we all need and a type of drug I truly benefit from. I didn’t mention one single drug. Anyway, I didn’t realize she was a dictator, never to be argued or reasoned with. She told me to ‘change my posts’ or else. I never saw these rules. They R Not Prominently Displayed.This would have Helped.
This group leader, K, went on and on about how she had to stop taking Seroquel due to weight gain. What kind of message is that sending to females? Isn’t that a sort of bashing of meds? Is she following these rules? I think not. I withdrew and watched from an distance and there was little or no traffic on their site.I wondered how business was.
Two other members of MD junction supported me publicly and said that I should be able to say what’s on my mind. I got several PM’s to return to the group because “spring is coming” and “things will be different now, you’ll see. Please come back. You have so much to offer. There was a suicidal guy posting and I suggested that he write and gave him two links of places looking for mental health bloggers.
I told him that I was writing for NAMI and IBPF and both places are always looking for new writers. THAT WAS IT. KELTI FLEW IN ON HER BROOM AND SAID, “YES ALLISON, I REMEMBER YOU AND YOUR PASSIVE- AGGRESSION VERY WELL. You are still promoting yourself and you’ve made no friends here. YOU HAVE NOW BEEN BANNED.