Peer support subsequent to trauma contributes to full recovery. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) -- including complex trauma (cPTSD) -- is debilitating, breaking down the body through anxiety and stress, and it poses a significant suicide risk in sufferers. MyPTSD exists to help and inform those who are directly or indirectly affected by these conditions through providing peer-to-peer support and educational resources.
MyPTSD's personality ranges widely within a candid, empathetic, challenging, yet supportive membership. Diversity is the spice of life, and this community respects diverse opinions. A community philosophy often read here is "use what helps you, and ignore the rest."
All members are expected to manage their own emotional and psychological regulation. In the event that a member consistently engages in disruptive behavior and does not progress towards self-regulation, that member will either be temporarily or permanently removed from the community.
MyPTSD does not use trigger warnings. Mind reading what could be a trigger for another is a negative thinking style, a problem all PTSD sufferers need to correct at some level. Whilst some view its use as a courtesy, it is impossible to know what will, or will not, trigger another person, regardless the graphic detail contained. After all, this is a space where those affected can discuss trauma and its consequences.
MyPTSD is run with a balanced approach, aiming towards enforcing our legal policy whilst valuing member self-expression. There are four rules we follow:
You will be notified by staff if you have broken a rule, and each violation is assigned a certain number of points. Points expire at the end of a set term. Accumulation of 100 points or more results in an automatic temporary ban.
Staff have the power to edit or restrict content and to restrict membership both temporarily and permanently. Staff ensure the community operates efficiently, with the least impact on overall membership. Staff act in an unbiased manner, to ensure harmonious operation of the community. To fully understand staff responsibilities and powers, you can read the Public staff documents. Here is a list of Current staff.
Members have the right to fairness and equality within MyPTSD. Members should treat others as they desire to be treated. Members can ask administrative questions or question staff decisions by initiating a Help ticket. Members can contact the site administrators privately (if they have anonymity concerns), by emailing [email protected]
The life of MyPTSD is in its threads, and we encourage members to bring their questions and stories there. Our chat room is small, and it's best used for healthy distraction. Learn more about the chat room.
We protect your privacy, and encourage you to do the same. We don't have rules prohibiting off-site contact with members, but we encourage you to remember that the internet is not a 'safe space'. Here's more about Safety on this site.
Members should use some thought when writing subject titles to assist readers in identifying the content. A relevant title and well written post significantly impacts whether you get few or many responses. Paragraph breaks are encouraged, and abbreviations discouraged. Posting only in images or emoticons is discouraged, and those posts may be edited. Go here to read more about When an image is OK, and when it's not.
Members can strengthen their position within the community by posting upon the forums. As a member posts and their post count increases respectively so does their member title, working towards "MyPTSD Pro" You can read more about the benefits of Various upgrades available.
MyPTSD has been in existence for over a decade. Learn about our Community history.