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Postby masquerade » Fri May 03, 2013 8:44 am

Guys, you're a lovely supportive bunch, and it's encouraging to see you supporting each other here. :D

Can I remind you that we have a world wide readership, and that we're read, not only by the members, but by other people from all over the world. We all have a responsibility towards the people who might be reading our messages of support towards each other.

This is why it's very important to be careful and mindful in our replies, ensuring that we don't offer a "diagnosis" of any kind, even if it's only by suggesting what we think a member's symptoms might be. A diagnosis can only be done by a professional, and it can take some time. It might take the form of a structured interview, a detailed questionnaire, or a number of visits to a professional, and other factors would be taken into account such as a person's physical health, past history, home environment etc etc, factors which no one can be aware of based on a person's posts. It's fine to share our experiences, and to offer support if we feel that we can help or identify with the other person, but we shouldn't attempt to offer a diagnosis.

If a person comes on here claiming to be a professional, then we have no way of verifying this, and in any case, offering an opinion to another member in the capacity as a professional would be unprofessional.

Can I draw your attention to the Rules here, which state that no one on the forum can offer or attempt to offer a "diagnosis". This applies even if the "diagnosis" is in the form of conjecture.


masq :D


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