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  1. May The Road Rise To Meet You — Moving on from CrazyBoards

    1. NOTICE

      Crazyboards.org ceased service as an active peer-support discussion forum on January 8, 2023. Member login is no longer available. The site remains available for guest use as a reference archive for the time being, but may go dark in the indefinite future.

      The staff of Crazyboards wishes to thank the dozens of volunteer Moderators and the thousands of contributing members who helped make this a vital resource for persons struggling with the challenges of mental illness for nearly 18 years. We wish all our members the very best, and hope that others may find this a useful archive for as long as it is available.

      Please note that the content of Crazyboards.org is the copyrighted property of the individual staff and contributors who created it, and no permission is granted to use any part of this content, in whole or in part, without the explicit written permission of the copyright holder, beyond the provisions of the copyright laws of the United States of America.

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    2. To The Members of CrazyBoards—Our Friends

      This site began in the same year as Facebook. Since then, Facebook and other new social media technologies have reshaped the internet landscape, but CrazyBoards has remained the same. This means that it is most accurately described as obsolete in terms of what users expect online.

      To have survived nearly 18 years is remarkable, and a testament to what it has meant for its community. CB has helped many thousands of people, eased their day-to-day struggles, given hope, and saved lives. The thousands of posts have been full of valuable information, candid narratives, brave admissions, vigorous debate, scintillating wit, and humor spicy, dark and wry. We have commiserated, consoled and counselled in some of the darkest places human beings can be.

      We have long believed that the best day for CB would be the one in which we turned out the lights because there was no one left who needed us. Unfortunately, even though there are people still suffering, our lights have dimmed.

      Several members have commented that the site seems empty of late. It is. In 2015, member activity began a steady decline, to the point that there are now on average fewer than ten posts per day, and many of these are on blogs. The boards themselves are largely silent, and most posts are confined to a small number of threads. On 27 November, only one member made any post at all. The site owner, Velvet Elvis, left the building (as it were) over two years ago, and the Administrator chosen to replace him was forced to withdraw earlier this year due to health issues. Cerberus and MiaB are the only remaining Moderators. There is no longer a critical mass of members to maintain a viable discussion board that can attract new members.

      Cerberus was the first member to join CrazyBoards when it was formed, and MiaB joined very shortly thereafter. We on the Moderating Team both feel a strong sense of responsibility and a duty of care toward the members here, whom we also consider our friends. It is with all of the above in mind that, after a long consideration of options, we have concluded that the best course is to bring our efforts to an end.

      CrazyBoards will cease operations as of 8 January 2023.

      The time between now and then is provided for our members to copy any content that they wish to preserve, to exchange contact information with other members who mutually wish to remain in touch, and to network about alternative support sites and sources. New registrations have been discontinued. It may be possible for us to leave the site up for a period after 8 January as a read-only archive with no login access, but no guarantee can be given that that will be the case, or how long it would remain.

      It has been our privilege to serve you all. We have hope that you will continue to seek the help that is out there and remain confident that every moment of your lives is worth living. Please know that you have meant so very much to us.

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    3. This Hit Me Right In The Feels

      Everyone has ties to this place, and breaking ties is hard. Loss is hard. Goodbyes are hard. It's not good to keep something hard trapped inside you. Believe me, I had a gallstone the size of a cherry tomato. Talk it out here.

    4. Follow The Yellow Brick Road—Where Do We Go From Here?

      Like they say most everywhere at closing time, you don't have to go home, but you can't stay here. Fortunately, this isn't the end of the road. There are other resources, other places, other strategies, other communities. the web is vast and the real world is full of opportunities waiting to be found. Talk about the road yet to be taken—but stay out of the poppies and don't talk to the winged monkeys.

    5. Famous Last Words

      Anything else you wanna say? Better get it out of your system now. This is the place for everything else.

  2. Stuff That Makes You Feel Like Crap

    1. Bipolar Spectrum Disorder - The Pole Dance

      If life is a ride, BP's a fucking theme park. Whether you're riding the roller coaster, spinning 'round the demonic carousel, buying souvenir toenail clippers for your ex and their entire extended family, or weeping on the sidelines as some kid pukes on your head, we're here for you.

    2. Depression - Let a WHAT Be My Fucking Umbrella? (Sod You, Perry Como)

      Today's forecast: bright and sunny except for one dark, festering, soggy black cloud permanently stalled out over you. You've been in this funk so long you don't even feel like you deserve to live - in fact, you don't feel anything. You're convinced that you qualify for dual citizenship between Mordor and the Abyss. If the Grim Reaper came, you'd tip him. Any of this sound familiar? Step into the Abyssal Inn and put your feet up. You're not alone.

    3. Self-injury - The Cutting Board

      Anything to feel the pain, because you can't feel anything else.

      WARNING: This board may contain material some might find upsetting or triggering.  Please read the guidelines pinned at the top before posting.  The board is for the express purposes of providing a safe space for anyone who is struggling with quitting self harm, and supporting one another in finding healthier ways of coping.

    4. Personality Disorders - Fuck Off! No, Wait. Fuck Me Now!

      For when cutting, binging, stranger sex and staring at the mirror for hours on end wondering "Who Am I?" just don't cut it anymore. Although this board can be somewhat borderline-centric, all flavors of dysfunction are welcome.

    5. Eating Disorders - Hell's Kitchen

      For all flavors of eating disorders - anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, dysmorphic body disorders, sleep binging, and similar entries. Take note, though, this board is focused on recovery. While we encourage posters to be honest and not "walk on eggshells", any posts which encourage disordered behavior will be deleted, and the poster may find themselves warned or banned.

    6. Substance Abuse / Addictive Behavior - 8-balls, Highballs, Deal Me in One Last Time

      Discuss addiction problems here. Booze? Weed? Gets you high, or brings you down? Talk to it with those who've been there. No 12 Stepping needed. Talk about how to quit, not continue. But if the feds come knocking on my door I'm going to give them what they are looking for because I can't afford a lawyer. If you want to talk about manufacturing or your plans to blow up the Corn Palace, do so at your own risk.

    7. Panic / Anxiety Disorders - What, Me Worry?

      For Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, agoraphobia with and without PD, and all the lovely specific phobias. This board is a room with an infinite number of corners so everyone gets their own to hide in. We have a couple of couches you can hide under too. And closets. Closets are good hidey places. We have several of those. All windows are covered so nobody can see in. Door frames are padded so they don't slam.

    8. PTSD and Trauma- Duck and Cover. Again and Again.

      Post Traumatic Stress - Loud noises always make you jump? If a person walks up from behind does it make you want to leap out of your skin? Having nightmares and flashbacks that you fear will never go away? Dealing with traumas and their after effects is frightening. Talking about your experiences is the first step in healing.

    9. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - Click Here Repeatedly

      There are six subtypes of OCD. Count them. Six. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Thank God it's an even number.

      1. Checkers worry that incorrectly performed actions will cause a bad thing to happen.
      2. Washers and Cleaners worry that germs and contamination will cause bad things to happen.
      3. Orderers worry that having things out of order will cause bad things to happen.
      4. Pure Obsessionals just can't stop thinking about bad things happening.
      5. Hoarders worry that bad things might happen if they throw something away.
      6. Scrupulous OCDers worry that they are a bad thing happening or about to happen.

      Six. Yep, that's six. I better count again just to make sure.
      (OCD Subtypes from Bruce Hyman Ph.D.)

    10. Social Phobia - Behind Paranoid Eyes

      Button your lip, don't let the shield slip
      take a fresh grip on your bullet proof mask
      and if they try to break down your disguise with their questions
      you can hide hide hide
      behind paranoid eyes
      --Roger Waters

    11. Dissociative Disorders - Now where was I?


      Dissociative identity disorder (DID), depersonalization disorder, dissociative amnesia and dissociative fugue. Have a seat and talk amongst yourselves.



    12. Schizophrenia and Various Psychoses -- Jesus Had a Twin Who Knew Nothing About Sin

      Seeing or hearing things that aren't there? Feeling paranoid or deluded? Confused? Or perhaps you just can't think straight. Welcome to a discussion on schizophrenia and related disorders.

    13. ADD/ADHD - Could You Say That Again? I Was Listening to My Head.

      Thread titles seldom relate to their contents. Nothing is on or off topic. Topics are mythical constructions. So is time. And gnomes. I had a garden gnome once. I named it George. I'd walk out into my yard every morning and say "Hi George!". One morning George wasn't there, though. A few weeks later I got a letter in the mail that had a picture in it. It was George at the Grand Canyon. Oh, hey, when driving from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon, have you ever stopped at the truck stop that has the playground with the giant Flintstones figures? It kicks ass! I bought a figurine there that had Jesus in the Arizona desert in front of a bunch of cacti. It had little rabbits in it too. Oh shit, the stove is on fire! Later.

    14. Autistic Spectrum Disorders - What Part of English Don't You Understand?

      "... but I told you I loved you a year ago. If that had changed I'd have let you know."
      "Is that angry? Are you angry? Why are you angry?"
      door slams
      "Fuck. Why does this keep happening?"

    15. Migraines and Other Headaches - Not Tonight, Dear

      Aching, throbbing, piercing, skull-smashing pain so bad you want to stab your eyes out with the nearest sharp object? Come on in and lay down for a while. Here are some complimentary shades if it's too bright.

    16. Neuropathic and Chronic Pain

      Oh, my aching...

    17. Seizure Disorders - Shake, Rattle and Roll

      There is more to seizures than flopping around on the floor like a fish out of water. Common types of seizures include Tonic Clonic, Clonic Tonic, Myoclonic, Atonic, Typical Abscence, Atypical Abscence, Partials... and so much more. Seizures can be responsible for phenomena as simple as spacing out and losing track of time. Welcome to the Electric Light Orchestra in your brain!

    18. Sleep Disorders - Perchance to Dream

      A place for insomnia, narcolepsy, night terrors, sleepwalking, and much, much more. Want to talk about it? Welcome to your favorite all-hours cafe.

    19. Allergies: Benadryl? No, But I Have a Cousin Who Was a Dremel.

      Food allergies. Airborne allergins. Chemical sensitivity. There are plenty of reasons to be scared to leave the house (or of anything that exists, period).

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    21. Not Otherwise Specified - Put your finger on your NOS, on your NOS

      If you can't find the right category above, talk about it here.

  3. Meds and Other Crap That Make Life Tolerable

    1. Anticonvulsants / Mood Stabilizers - Bodies A-Twitchin', Moods A-Switchin'


      These meds have almost as many uses as Obecalp, including migraines, mood swings and epileptic shakin'. How are they working for you? Trade notes with your med mates here. Including: Depakote (divalproex sodium), Depakene (valproic acid), Depacon (valproate sodium), Dilantin (phenytoin), Luminal (phenobarbital), Tegretol /Carbatrol (carbamazepine), Trileptal (oxcarbazepine), Neurontin (gabapentin), Lyrica (pregablin), Gabitril (tiagabine), Felbatol (felbamate), Keppra (levetiracetam), Lamictal (lamotrigine), Topamax (topiramate), Zonegran (zonisamide) as well as all the formulations of Lithium (lithium carbonate)


    2. Antidepressants - If You're Crappy and You Know It


      No matter what flavor of pavement you are licking, one of these could be your ride out of hell. Whether you're fighting with depression, anxiety, ADD, IBS, or any of a dozen or so conditions, there are multiple options on the menu. Choices include: The SSRI's Celexa/Cipramil (citalopram hydrobromide), Lexapro/Cipralax (escitalopram oxalate), Luvox/Floxyfral/Faverin (fluvoxamine maleate), Paxil/Aropax/Paroxat/Paxetin/Seroxat (paroxetine), Prozac/Erocap/Lorien/Lovan/Zactin (fluoxetine), and Zoloft/Lustral (sertraline); Multiple Reuptake Inhibitors (MRIs) - Effexor (venlafaxine), Cymbalta (duloxetine), Serzone/Dutonin (nefazodone), Wellbutrin (bupropion); Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs) - Marplan (isocarboxazid), Nardil (phenelzine sulfate), Parnate (tranylcypromine sulfate); Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs)-Elavil/Amitrip/Amyline/all the other incarnations (amitriptyline), Ludiomil (maprotiline), Norpramin (desipramine), Pamelor/Allegron/Aventyl/etc (nortiptyline), Sinequan (doxepin), Surmontil (trimipamine), Toframil/Imprin/Janimine (impramine pamoate/impramine hydrochloride), Vivactil (protriptyline); and miscellaneous ADs-Ascendin/Asendin/Asendis (amoxapine), Desyrel/Molipaxin (trazodone), Etrafon/Triavil (amitriptyline hydrochloride & perphenazine), Limbitrol (chlordiazepoxide & amitriptyline HCl), Remeron/Avanaza (mirtazapine)


    3. Cocktails - Medicated to the Gills and Floundering

      Bloody Marys, Long Island Iced Teas, Harvey Wallbangers - not really. Alcohol plus psychoactive meds = big no-no. The cocktails here are made from multiple medications. Sometimes they work together in strange and mysterious ways, even if they're not clinically supposed to. See http://www.aidsmeds.com/cmm/DrugsNewContent.asp for a good interaction checker.

    4. Antipsychotics / Neuroleptics / Major Tranquilizers - The Acme Pill-O-Matics


      Just because you're on these does not mean you are psychotic. They can slice mania, dice OCD, and make julienne strips of your depression. They aren't bad for psychosis either. Medications in this category are Risperdal (risperidone), Zyprexa (olanzapine), Abilify (aripiprazole), Geodon (ziprasidone HCl), Seroquel (quetiapine), Clozaril (clozapine) and lots of older ones.


    5. Miscellaneous Medications & Miscellaneous Questions About Meds

      Smorgasbord in a bottle: These are all the weird, wild & wacky meds we just can't pigeonhole elsewhere, including - but not limited to - those used as anything from antihistamines to telomerase therapy. Yes, they can mess with your head. Talk about 'em here.

    6. Benzodiazepines - Take a Chill Pill!

      Ativan (lorazepam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Librium (chlordiazepoxide), Tranxene (clorazepate dipotassium), Valium / Diastat (diazepam), Xanax (alprazolam)

    7. CNS Stimulants - Warped & Wired


      All revved up and no place to go. Adderall (mixed amphetamine salts), Desoxyn (methamphetamine), Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine sulfate), Focalin (dexmethylphenidate hydrochloride), Ritalin / Concerta / Metadate (methylphenidate hydrochloride), Cylert (pemoline) as well as caffeine, ephedrine, and all those things they sell in gas stations next to the rolling papers.


    8. Side Effects - It Turned Me into a Newt! A Newt? I Got Better.

      Suddenly you've got more gas than the Hindenburg, your nails grew eighteen inches, and your pubic hair turned green. Could it have something to do with that new med you just started taking? This board accepts queries both delicate and indelicate.

    9. What The Hell is THAT? - Medical, Nutritional, and Lifestyle Alternatives

      Your dear aunt's friend of a friend "swears by it", and the guy on TV says Big Government won't let you have it (If it's medical marijuana, he's right), or maybe it's being offered as a class down at the community center. Ask here - maybe someone has heard of it, has a reference for studies on it, or has already tried it out. Just be careful with the Kool-Aid.

      1. Just don't ask how to score some for yourself if it's illegal in your country.
      2. Healing crystals? Resonating with the Chakras of the Zodiac? Sure, knock yourself out. Because a lump of silicon is as good for the brain as a handful of sand.
      3. Attention Scientologists: Please post in this forum. Making fun of you makes us feel even better than poking fun at potheads trying to score on a psych forum.
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    11. ECT etc. - Watt's up, Doc?

      If it runs on electricity, makes you feel better, and isn't sold in sex shops, this is the place to talk about it. Includes lightboxes, ECT, VNS, cranial nerve stimulation, sticking magnets to your head and licking 9-volt batteries.

  4. Crap You Read About

    1. Academic Interests - Geek Out While You Freak Out

      Read any interesting journal articles about MI lately? Got any cool links to post and discuss?

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  5. Life Cycle: Mate Spawn and Die

    1. Family Feud

      Freud said it was all Mom and Dad's fault. He forgot about siblings, cousins, aunts, half-relatives, ad nauseum. You can't say it to their faces, so let it all hang out here.

    2. Parenting/Pregnancy/Childhood Issues - Nature or Nurture

      "Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be crazy..."
      Anything related to being pregnant, a parent and childrearing.

    3. Relationship Issues - Crazy For Loving You

      "Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come."
      --Matt Groening
      "Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig and then suddenly he turns on you with a miniature machine gun."
      --Matt Groening again

    4. Aging Issues: Hot Flashes and Hot Rods? Midlife Crisis, Menopause, and Beyond

      "Honey, can you open this bottle? And where are my glasses? Who are all these crazy people?"

    5. Spirituality - Luminous Beings Are We, Not This Crude Matter

      Discussions on transcending this plane.

    6. Grief, Death and Dying

      For life is quite absurd
      And death's the final word
      You must always face the curtain with a bow.
      Forget about your sin - give the audience a grin
      Enjoy it - it's your last chance anyhow.
      --Monty Python

  6. Your Crappy Life

    1. The Health Care System Sucks!

      If you weren't crazy going in, you're certainly crazy coming out. Post here about draconian doctors, nightmarish nurses, fumbling pharmacists, hospitals from hell, and the antichrist incarnate who runs your HMO.

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    3. Technology Sucks! - Luddites Unite!

      Computer issues and other problems with devices trickier than a hairbrush. Love them. Caress them. Talk to them like plants. But never let your guard down. Whether you're Amish or simply addled, look for tech advice here.

    4. News and Politics - Next on Sick Sad World

      World events making you crazy? Has anything on the old idiot box actually given you reason for hope? Let us know.

    5. People Suck!

      The mailman. Your neighbor. The guy who walks his dog in front of your house every day. They kinda suck. The pizza delivery guy, your housemate's boyfriend who always uses your towel, they suck. Let's just assume that everyone sucks and leave it to individuals to prove themselves exceptions to the norm of suckage, shall we? Oh, fuzzy little bunnies suck too, but not quite as much as people.

    6. Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Transgendered Issues - Out of the Closet and Out of Our Minds

      The fabulous side of Crazyboards. Because being MI makes being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender just that much more complicated. Come in and share the love.

    7. Intro to Being a Crazy Student - Whatsamatta U

      Abnormal Psych 101 - Quiz Tomorrow

    8. The Confessional

      Done something really crazy and want to get it off your chest? Manic spending sprees? Driving through the projects at midnight and giving candy canes to the crack dealers? Posted something you regretted to an online support forum?

      Talk about it here.

    9. I've *Still* Got Issues!

      "A place for everything and everything in its place."
      Never let it be said that we don't have enough places to talk.

  7. Other Crap

    1. Whatever


    2. I Got the Good Stuff Here

      We could all use a chuckle and a smile, so share it!

  8. Generic Forum Crap

    1. Board News - Incoming Message from The Big Giant Head

      Stuff that we think is important and you don't care about. Read it anyway.

    2. Suggestion Board - I'm Sorry Dave, I'm Afraid I Can't Do That

      Do you want us to peel you some grapes and rub your feet while we're at it?

    3. New User Info - It's Not Easy Being Green

      If you look at the rest of the forum and go "huh?" try reading this first. Here is basic info on post counts, chat, member registration and boring stuff like that.

    4. Introductions - Who The Hell Are You?

      Stop by and let us know who you are. Say as much or as little as you want. If your thread gets too long or becomes an autobiography, then we'll encourage you to move up to blogland.

    5. Moderators - Pay No Attention to the People Behind the Curtain

      Moderator Profiles. Listen to us talk about ourselves. Yeah, you can do that on any of the boards but here you can't respond.

  9. Coronavirus: Because You Don’t Have Enough Crap On Your Mind

    1. I Need An Adult!: Where to Find Accurate Information

      Have you been sipping warm water every 15 minutes? Gargled a cup of delicious bleach? Staying a full ten feet away from all Chinese food? With so much coronavirus crazy talk swirling around, we're not surprised. Luckily, there are professional, doctor-like people who actually know what the hell they're talking about. We'll try to set you straight here. Otherwise you'll end up going to Snopes.com for medical advice.

    2. Has Anyone Told the Amish?: Covid-19 in the Media

      This is a great time not to own a television. CNN is now the Coronavirus News Network. Fox is planning on changing its first letter to a P. Even the Count on Sesame Street has started going, "One... two... three! Three coronavirus cases in Oklahoma! Ahahaha!" [lightning flash, sound of thunder]. Is it all too much? You bet it is. Come in and tell us all about it while you unfrazzle.

    3. Social Distancing: I’ve Never Felt Closer to You

      For a few of us here, social distancing is a way of life, but some of you weirdos actually like being around humans. This 'social distancing' thing is going to be tough. Is three feet enough? How long is six feet really? For that matter, how long is a foot? My foot isn't a foot long, so wtf? Do we have to stay that far apart vertically? What if I'm a dwarf and he's a giant? Why can't we just measure by smoots? (No, really, google it.) And we can't shake hands anymore? Wait - you said to bump elbows, but that means we're too close, so wtf? I can do the namaste thing except I don't know how to pronounce it and I throw out my back if I try to bow, but I can do a Vulcan salute so Live Long and Prosper. Do I have to wear the ears, though? If you can't do without your touchy-feely fix, this is your board. We're crammed in here like sardines.

    4. Telemedicine: Is This Thing On? Getting the Most Out of Screen Time With Your Doctor

      Hey, this is no big deal. We've all stripped naked in front of our computer while somebody else watched, and–  what? Oh...  Forget I said that.  Still, technology is useful stuff, and you may be able to get medical care without the wait. If, that is, it's plugged in right. And the software works. And you know what questions to ask. Is it okay to show that boil on your backside? Hell if I know. Maybe somebody does - try your luck here.

    5. Oh, No, I Couldn’t... Well, Maybe Just One More: Hoarding. Or, uh, Being Prepared

      The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - and being crushed under the metric tonne of toilet paper you just bought. Did you snag enough hand sanitizer to float a tugboat? Enough rice to throw at every wedding in Chicago this year? If you have a battle scar from combat over the powdered milk, please come in and calm your nerves - there are others here too. This is also the place to ask questions about how to prepare safely and reasonably.

    6. Casual Everyday: How to Stop Watching Cat Videos and Get Some Work Done At Home

      You still have to earn a living, so get the hell off reddit, Pinterest, YouTube, and Facebook and at least remember to move the mouse every few minutes to make it look like you’re getting things done. Anyone got suggestions? 

    7. Absolutely No One Walked Into a Bar: Best of Coronavirus Humor

      Day 1 of Quarantine: “ I’m going to meditate and do body-weight training.”

      Day 4: *just pours the ice cream into the pasta* 

      thanks to @troyjohnson

      There are some awesome memes out there. Put them here.

    8. But I Need a Damn Haircut: When You Don’t Have the Virus, But You’re Still Falling Apart

      Well, how is this fair? You haven’t left your house in a week, no one who isn’t your dog has sneezed near you, you carry rolled-up Clorox wipes behind your ears, and you’re still getting ingrown toenails and eye boogers. Tell us about them here. Remember we don’t diagnose. We sympathize and share practical information. (Soak the toe in warm salt water.)

    9. Countin’ Flowers On the Wall: So Bored We Need a Board For It

      You’ve already watched the paint dry, and you finished Netflix. So what are you doing to keep yourself amused? Knitting? Painting? Dressing your dog up like J. Edgar Hoover? Post pictures of your projects here.

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