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From experience it's best to get your medical advice from a professional

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wannabegooroo

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From experience it's best to get your medical advice from a professional

It's best not to confuse internet socialising with medical treatment, get your medical treatment advice from professionals in person. There are great dangers involved with listening to so called experts in chatrooms, forums and google sites. I have lived all the the anti medicine, anti psychiatry stories. Forums can be useful as a guide and as a form of socialising, but don't rely on them for mental health treatment.

Interacting with others via the internet can be helpful, but shouldn't be a replacement for medical help in person from a professional.
 
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What I'd add to that is that the Internet can be very useful in informing your own views about how to interact with mental health professionals. When you first encounter them you're likely to take their advice at face value - after all they we supposed to be the educated experts with years of experience in the field - but there are variations in their expertise as well. I've encountered good ones and absolutely useless ones, and at the end of the day you have to make that distinction, and decide where to get your treatment.

Things like the anti psychiatry movement and alternative treatment streams which are a bit anti medicine, can inform you and teach you, widen your view and increase your experience so that you yourself can make a judgment about whether you need medicine, and who you want to advise you on the subject.
 
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rosebetween2thorns

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I think the internet stinks shucks even but do not want to give up on the day job so do give it a go.
 
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wannabegooroo

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Keep an eye out for those wannabe internet psychologists who use others to try and practise psychology on, they will splice peer help with pseudo science. You can spot them, they will pretend to befriend you, but the purpose of the friendship is for them to use you for narcissist control purposes. They will also share very little about themselves, and want to hear your life story. I have encountered several of these types already on here, and I only joined a few days ago. Don't share your private personal experiences with strangers on the internet, even if you think you have known them for years. Leave the therapy up to a professional in person. Don't be used by wannabe online therapists who like to control their own anxiety, by playing doctor. They are using you by making themselves feel superior intellectually and emotionally, ie they are know it alls who get a buzz out of controlling the vulnerable and weak.
 
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