Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    It's been suggested that we leave a space between the start of a post and the triggering part.

    Write something innocuous in the first line. then leave some spaces between in and the subject matter. this should take care of accidentally triggering someone.

    How and Why to Report a Post
    May seem minor
    Kate_Te posted:
    Okay, my oldest (but no longere closest) friend's birthday is today. I called her and wished her a happy birthday. Turns out she's not having a party (I already knew this), just her daughter (my closest friend) and her kids over for dinner. I live about 5 blocks away.

    For the last 20 years or so, I've been invited to every birthday, Christmas, Thanksgiving & 4th of July & Easter. I've babysitted her grandkids since they were babies (the oldest is 17). House sitted for her when they go on vacatioin & basically been a member of the family. Ever since I got sick (mentally) the invitations have been waning - I still get invited to Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, but not so much birthdays any more (mine or hers).

    This bothers me. It may seem minor, but they were my second family, the one that understood me better than my birth family. To be sitting home today with nothing to do - it's sort of rocking my world. My sense of self and my overall sense of what I'm supposed to do with my life. (I know, I know, Drama Queen, but it's how I feel).
    lovely_lemon_tree responded:
    Unfortunately, you seem to have happened upon what happens to many of us who struggle with mental illnesses. The invitations wane, the friends disappear, the idle time increases.

    I will tell you, though, that things like this will absolutely tell you who your real friends are -- who will stick through this with you -- and who are not. I'm not saying that your oldest friend isn't your good friend. But sometimes relationships change and this is what happens. I'm sad for you, Kate_Te. I'm sorry this has happened.
    We must be the change we wish to see in the world. -- Mahatma Ghandi
    Kate_Te replied to lovely_lemon_tree's response:
    When you start with 2 friends it's difficult loosing (even partially) one is tough.
    Thanks for the condolences.
    sittingbull594 replied to Kate_Te's response:
    hey kate te

    i'm sorry too. i'm sending you gigantic hugs. ((((KT))))))

    Have you talked to her about why the birthday wishes have changed? I wouldn't assume anything. You know what happens when you make an assumption..........

    I get what you think and i understand it. When i have issues with people in my life i've learnt (first t taught me this) to check it out! I also have always been a firm believer of good strong communication towards and with the people whom are in my life! its so important!

    Nothing ventured nothing gained as they say.

    Hang tough dear friend! Don't loose this friend then. Stand up for yourself and be counted. My friends know i have hard times and sometimes they can't be around me when i'm having a hard time. I used to resent it but now i've learnt to accept it. Remember Dear Kate Te Acceptance is the key to all our problems. Big BOok of alcoholics anoymous

    Spotlight: Member Stories

    I'm Kat, I have BiPolar Disorder w/severe suicidal depression. I was DX'd BiPolar 23 years ago. I've been a cutter since I was 13, I'm...More

    Helpful Tips

    For when you can't find the words
    Inspired by replying to another post... I thought something like this might be useful for those of us who have taken to injuring ourselves ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    33 of 35 found this helpful

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.