Guidelines for Bipolar World Chat Rooms
The goal of all interactive pages within the Bipolar World community is the comfort and safety of all who choose to participate. You must be 18 or older to be in any of our chat rooms. Your chat nick needs to be registered in order to enter the support room at this time. See the "commands" section below for help in registering and you may use the lounge room to register in. With all this in mind, the following are the guidelines enforced in the chat rooms.
1. Treat each other with respect, including the chat ops, i.e. as you would like to be treated yourself. Flaming, hostility or harassment will not be tolerated.
2. Every member is entitled to privacy if he/she chooses. For your own safety, personal/private identifying information should not be shared with anyone you don't know well and trust and definitely not shared in the open chat room.
3. While a “light touch” – joking etc is an important part of sharing and support, if someone needs special support please make it a priority.
4. If you are
suicidal, please call 1-800-273-TALK or 911.
6. Disagreements are permitted…arguments are not. Use good judgment and be respectful of all.
7. No foul language permitted. An occasional “slip” won’t get you banned but beware of abusing it. Many people are offended by foul language.
8. Select a nick (not your name) that is in good taste and avoid nick changes. Changing nicks is confusing to too many people.
9. The use of capped letters and colored text will not be tolerated. Caps are considered shouting and colored text is hard on some people's eyes due to the meds they are on.
10. Disruptive or obscene topics and discussions will not be tolerated. These behaviors, which include lurking, idling and itunes will not be tolerated.
11. You may chat in the support and the lounge rooms at the same time
as long as you chat appropriately in each room and you don't idle in either one for more than 30 minutes. For
those using java, sign into the second room using a variation of the nick you
signed into the first room with or you can type in:
13. Use good judgment when you chat.
15. We reserve the right to remove or ban you from the room for violating any of the above guidelines or for any other behavior which is deemed to be inappropriate for our rooms and the ban can be on a permanent basis.
16. Finally, we retain the right to update and revise these guidelines as we see fit.
The chat room may be reached by one of three ways. For the java chat room go to http://www.bipolarworld.net and choose the chat room you want. Bookmark the bipolar support room at http://www.bipolarworld/Community/bpsupport.htm and the bipolar lounge at http://www.bipolarworld/Community/bplounge.htm For those with a mirc client: the channel name of the support room is #bipolarworld and the channel name for the bplounge is #bplounge, the port number is 7000 and the server is webnet. Anyone wishing to obtain a mirc client or a list of commands for mirc see http://www.mirc.com .
The chat rooms are open 24 hours a day. You are free to arrange to meet bipolar friends for a chat at any time. Operators are in the room according to the schedule posted on the Community Support page.
Chat Support team operators are: Allie, Blackdog
(David S), duff_, choi, chrissy207, dpool,
grrr, Judyv, Mimi, ToriAmos and Vicky.
Change the password for your registered
nickname: type in:
Private Message someone: /msg nick your message or click twice on the person's nick in the list of chatters and a separate window will open where you may talk privately.
Ignore Someone: /silence nick To remove this: /silence -nick
Quit (Leave) and reason: /QUIT reason
Change your Nickname: /NICK newname
Away from Keyboard” /AWAY reason - On return, /AWAY says no longer away
Action Message: /Me followed by action word and statement
AD – Antidepressant
AP – Antipsychotic
BP/BAD – Bipolar Disorder/Bipolar Affective Disorder
BPD – Borderline Personality Disorder
CBT- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
DBT – Dialectal Behavioural Therapy
DID – Dissociative Identity Disorder
DX – Diagnosis
GAD – Generalized Anxiety Disorder
GP – General Practitioner
MD – Medical Doctor
MI – Mental Illness
OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
ODD – Oppositional Defiance Disorder
PCP – Primary Care Physician
PD – Panic Disorder
Pdoc – Psychiatrist
PRN – “as needed”
RX – Prescription
SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder
SI – Self-Injury
SX – Schizophrenia
Tdoc – Therapist/Psychologist
AA – Alcoholics Anonymous
NA – Narcotics Anonymous
GA – Gambling Addict anonymous
NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness
DBSA – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
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