it just occured to me that it is the 10th year since I joined my first (now no longer existing) insomnia forum in 2009. It was when I had my first bout of heavy insomnia after a stressful presentation in college. Not that I was much of a sleeper before that, but this was the first time I experienced 2,3 or 0 sleep nights, and I felt the need to share with someone who understands, since nobody around me ever did. Has anyone here been a member of forums like this one for so long, or at least for a longer time? I feel like most people just visit and leave when their problems resolve (which is good, don’t get me wrong). Although I suspect visiting forums can sometimes add to the problem, and have often tried to quit to see what will happen, after all I think that at the end of the day they are a great resource for comfort and support, and I don’t know how I would handle all this without them. So, any long time forum users? Btw Martin’s forum is by far the best structured and maintained one, so thanks Martin!
This topic was modified 1 week, 4 days ago by Edgar.
I agree that forums can be a great way of seeking mutual support — but they can also be problematic if your focus becomes reading the negative stories from people who struggle (and often aren’t implementing constructive techniques or they’re implementing them incorrectly and/or inconsistently).
This is why I make the effort to encourage people to share their successes when they get better — and why I launched the Insomnia Coach Podcast!