Dear Unit1, Speepy21 and all~
I guess the first thing to say is that huge amout of effort goes into ensuring you feel safe here. That does not mean sometimes things don't slip though, as Quirky says that is what the red Report Post link is for.
Bullying will not be tolerated.
Report Post takes priority and is looked at as soon as possible, then you get an answer, which may seem a little impersonal at times, however that may well be becsue the Moderators (who are qualified and here ALL the time) may be busy composing a constructive email to the person you reported or lots of other tasks
While it may sometimes be a good idea to tell someone gently if you have been unhappy with the way they have addressed you, report it anyway. It is not always easy to tell what a other might be going though.
Not receiving an answer from other posters to something you have posted happens often, and I'm not sure there is any real cure for that, as it is the way this place is set up, for help between equals, and that can mean the post can simply be overlooked, or the responder not feeling up to making a reply - plus of course sometimes the point is missed. It can sometimes be seen as rudeness, but in a text world normal judgments do not really apply.
It happens to me a lot, I construct my post with care and post it with thought - and nothing happens. I do not try to repeat myself or ask why a post has been ignored, I go and do something else, after all there are always people to talk to here.
Later on somebody else may pick up on your post, that happens to me too, and I'm always pleased my words have meant something to somebody.
Your other point about medical people not being on the Forum. On the whole that would defeat the whole purpose of the place. Currently we have Nurse Jenn, Before that we had Doctor Kim. A professional can be asked questions but cannot give definitive answers as they do not know you and can only talk in general terms.
The whole idea is that people who are undergoing the same experiences, or who have already done so are the ones that truly understand, and when you talk together you benefit from getting to know what happened to them and how they coped
I started becuse someone with PTSD was worried of hitting his wife if roused from a flashback. I'd had that exact worry myself and was able to reassure him
Sleepy I've read tons of your posts, they are supportive, caring and sensible. You are an asset to all here, please do not be discouraged