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pssd2020 posted a topic in Events, actions, controversiesHello everyone UK Association and Website for PSSD sufferers - We are forming an association for sufferers of PSSD in the UK with the goal of increasing awareness of PSSD and all other related enduring problems having withdrawn from antidepressants. We're working with other PSSD associations from around the world. The website will be ready soon, and we'll then be contacting clinicians and researchers to attempt to raise the profile of PSSD and encourage dialogue, research etc. If you're interested in joining and being updated, please join us on discord: https://discord.gg/U6EphsV The website will include stories of those suffering with PSSD. It would be particularly helpful to have sufferers from the UK to contribute. However, if you're from another country where your voice is not heard, we will include your story. Here are some guidelines to help: It would be helpful to include: - Something about what your life / health was like before PSSD / antidepressants to give context. - How you got PSSD - What your symptoms are - What your experience has been with attempting to get treatment. - The impact that PSSD has / has had on your life on the lives of people close to you. - What you're hoping might change having told your story. - A thank you to whoever is reading. - I suggest that you try to keep what you write below 1000 words. The goal is to express your feelings and experience but try to not go on so long that you might lose the reader's attention. Here are some examples from the Canadian site to help you: https://pssdcanada.squarespace.com/our-stories If anyone has relatives or someone else close to them who would like to contribute something about how this has affected the person they care about and how it makes they themselves feel, that would also be great. I know that many of us feel (justifiably) angry at pharmaceutical companies, psychiatrists, doctors etc. However, please try and leave accusations, blame, anger about lack of action out of your story because this is likely to undermine what we're trying to achieve. We want clinicians and researchers to empathise and to try and help us. Therefore, the tone is important. Busy people are less likely to want to try and help if they feel like they're being attacked. We will address the need for pharmaceutical companies to be held to higher standards regarding the risks of antidepressant use elsewhere in the site and within the aims of the association. Thank you and Best wishes to everyone!