Hi everyone, another bump to the thread on a related topic.
How do you know if it's time to take a break from the forums?
The short answer to this question is if you find the forums are distressing or upsetting you more than they are making you feel better.
If you're not sure, try this experiment the next few times you log on. Rate your depression and/or anxiety on a scale of 0 to 10, and write down the number. When you log off, rate it again. Is the number higher?
If you find the number is regularly higher when you log off, then the forums are probably not working for you - that's ok, forums are not for everyone. Like any intervention, sometimes they can work for a time and then be less effective. Give our support service a call to talk over some other options.
Sometimes you might need to take a break for a short while. This is ok too, but if you decide this is what you need, then stick to it - sometimes we see members post saying they're going to take a break, but then keep posting.
These posts are often followed by other members replying and urging the member to stay. If someone is saying they need a break, respect their decision and support it. Imploring someone to stay when they've said they need a break can make them feel guilty and obligated to please the community rather than look after their own needs.