I’ve been thinking about this for a while. There are many accounts here where seemingly without explanation, the posts just stop.
I’m aware of at least one person who posted extensively here, felt better, abruptly stopped posting and then we didn’t hear from them. …Until they crashed themselves and returned to posting.
Had they not returned, we’d have been left with some veiled hints at suicide and a miserable story that would have led to the conclusion that they must have killed themselves. In reality, had the guy not crashed himself again, he would be living life and presumably not a thought for everyone here.
Psychologically that is hard to handle, that it seems a number of people with your condition kill themselves. It has an effect on morale of people, it does on me. It’s something of a single middle finger to everyone who has tried to help you out, people who reply to your posts and messages and try to help you through the bad times. I get a fair number of messages asking for support and check in with people. I think I spent over an hour and a half writing to people this weekend.
On top of this, if you are feeling better and feel inclined to disappear, I would suggest that you are still vulnerable to developing this condition again. A routine prescription, dinner or treat could be enough to bring you back to square one.
It’s in your interest, even as a recovered person, to help out here. That could just mean checking in to let people know that it’s possible to get better or if the admins need help with things like the survey, or funding the next scientific study, or spreading the word, you should consider that helping yourself out. If you go to the doctor and they say you need treatment with one of the drugs that bring people here, it’s a certainty that you would have a bad reaction. Wouldn’t you prefer that we’d done the research already so an alternative might be available or that your doctor would at least have heard of the condition and know to not prescribe certain things?
As the mods and administrators here move forwards with planning projects, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that we need more help and for even people active in this community to do more to advance our cause. Don’t leave and please, step up.