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There's been a small addition to the community guidelines. I wanted to remind everyone that, when posting to the community, you have the option of either making your post friends only (as some of you have already done), or public. A friends-locked post will only allow members to read it, a public entry can be read by anyone who decides to drop by. It's up to you: obviously some posts will be more sensitive than others, and not all entries will need to be protected. Keep in mind, though, that some people may feel uncomfortable commenting on a public entry, as discussions can become quite private.

To all our new members, welcome! We're glad to have you here, and are looking forward to reading your introductions. :)
24th-Aug-2006 03:05 pm - Hello! My name is...
if you want me I'll be in the bar
Welcome to the community! Since I suggested the introduction thing, I figured I should at least try to follow my own rules. ;)

My name is Kika (I live on the second floor)Collapse )
Several people have asked me if it's alright for them to join the community if they are involved with someone who is mentally ill, but are also suffering from a psychiatric disorder themselves. I've given it some thought. The truth is that we need this community to grow, and the last thing I want is to turn away people who feel like they can benefit from it.

Here's the way I see it.Collapse )

But this group was made for those who are in a relationship with someone who is suffering from a psychiatric disorder. As long as members understand the goals of the community and aren't here to talk about their own mental health issues, they are welcome to join and contribute. I hope you all agree.

For those who have joined and to the ones who are about to, I'm grateful to have you here, and I am looking forward to seeing your posts.
23rd-Aug-2006 03:04 pm - The great unveiling ;)
The past months have been a pretty bumpy ride for my girlfriend and me, and although we're still going strong and are as close and in love as ever, I have come to realize that I can definitely use some help coping with the strain that the bipolar disorder she suffers from puts on our relationship. I can recall countless times where I wanted to post what was going on and what was in my head on livejournal, only to decide against it because I was afraid I would give my friendslist the wrong idea. (I am not in a bad situation; I am not unhappy.) After looking for support groups in my area and coming up with none, I began looking online. An interest search on livejournal turned up hundreds of communities for people who suffer from psychiatric problems themselves, but a surprising zero that were aimed specifically toward their partners.

I am starting this community hoping it will become a support group for people who are in an intimate relationship with someone who has been diagnosed with a mental illness. Eating disorders, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder, social phobia, schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, depression, narcissistic personality disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, everything goes. The primary goal of the community is to provide well partners - those who are romantically involved with someone suffering from a psychiatric disorder, but are not mentally ill themselves - with a place where they can share their experiences, exchange helpful information and receive support in times when it is needed. This community will offer its members valuable advice, support and a safe place to vent and be taken seriously. It should eventually serve to help those of us who are in a relationship with someone suffering from a psychiatric disorder to feel less isolated and more empowered.

Welcome, everyone. Please remember to read the community info before you join and to introduce yourself in a seperate post before you begin contributing to the discussion. Let's get started. :)
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