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Learning from comments. Saturday May 20, 2017

I know Moodscope is best known for its test and charting of moods, but the thing I find most helpful is listening and learning from others through comments.

There is such a diverse range of experiences and ideas so I am always eager to read what people have written. I have been so touched by the honesty in comments and the raw emotions, I have been in tears as I read them. I am also touched by the kindness and compassion for others.

Some people have commented that they don't know what to write because they feel it has already been said and they don't feel confident about expressing their ideas or worry no-one is listening or interested in their ideas.

It is our inner critic trying to undermine our confidence. Everyone can express their thoughts and share their ideas with others.

I see blogs as just the springboard for so many ideas and sharing of so many stories I know many people are happy to read and that is great.

I am always curious as to why someone who has never commented or rarely comments decides to reply. It so good to hear from new voices.

I wonder how we can encourage more people to comment - if they want to of course. Also, what makes people want to comment a lot. I know I like to give feedback to the blogger because I know I appreciate it.

Do you have any ideas of how to encourage someone who wants to comment but is unsure and worried?

What do you find helpful about comments?

Leah
A Moodscope member

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.


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Comments

LP Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 6:58am

Hi Leah,
There are so many good things about the blogs and comments. It has been an important part of my healing.
Depending on the blog, I may be drawn to try to help.
At other times by reflecting on the ideas they throw up, I am able to work through something that is difficult until I arrive at a point that I feel more comfortable.

I agree that It's great to hear from new people, mainly because I hope that there aren't too many that have things that they might want to say, but are worried or held back. If you are a newbie out there, it would be great to hear your voice even if it's just to say you're there!
The recent blog that mentioned Maslow's hierachy of needs reminded me that a sense of belonging is one of them, so maybe that's why I like the feeling of being part of this supportive community.

It's a great brain work out for me in the morning and prevents me from going over the same old negative thought patterns that used to make waking up so miserable!
I'm so grateful on days like today to be in a good place, but hope that it doesnt put anyone off if they want to share a moan or worry, if that's how they're feeling.
I've learned alot from hearing different points of view too. I guess I just love a good ole chinwag!

Thanks for your thoughtful blogs Leah. Sending warm wishes to you and all. LP xx

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 8:41am

LP Thanks for being first to comment and your kind words. I realise some people are happy to read and never comment and that's fine too. I did not read blogs or comment for about 7 mths after I joined moodscope as I was too busy charting my moods and I wasn't sure what the blogs were. I agree with a sense of belonging something I am always looking for. This is a very welcoming community but I also think we should encourage people with different thoughts and ideas. Thanks again for your post.

LP Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 9:09am

:) xx

Mary Wednesday Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 8:29am

I try to comment frequently and feel I can be utterly honest in my comments as the audience is much smaller. Not that I am dishonest in my blogs, but (unless writing from the side of the abyss) am always conscious that blogs need to be helpful in some way. Here I can relax, and get to know the frequent contributors. You feel like part of my support network and I'm grateful. As I get used to this new drug, I am so aware that it is balancing me, but that the bipolar is still there underneath and I am still experiencing some of the symptoms.The pull towards suicide is still there sometimes, which is surprising. I think what I am trying to say is that, as a writer for Moodscope I am still a user of Moodscope and this forum is still (literally) a lifeline.

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 8:46am

Mary Thanks for your comment. That is interesting what you see as the difference between writing blogs and comments. I suppose I sometimes open up more personally in comments butI had not thought of that before. I like the way when someone comments who is struggling many people rush to comment and offer support.

LP Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 9:07am

Hi Mary, It's great that you've found a drug that is helping you to feel more balanced. When will you review it? I wonder if there are ways to enhance your wellbeing even further, so you can really feel the benefit of how much better you are now? It may be talking, medicinal, alternative or something else. Seems to me that the suicide thinking could be in the way, so why settle for that? Just a thought I had. I had a medication review last week and was so pleased to tell my gp that I feel fairly stable with them. She recommended that I cut down and although I see her point and will gradually do it, there's a part of me that is afraid to risk changing the steadiness of feeling mostly between "well "and "ok considering!". LPxx

Dolphin Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 10:08am

Hi LP, the advice from your GP led to a cacophony of warning bells in my head. I have been on anti-depressants twice in my life, both long term. The first time I was also in therapy (which helped me save my life) and there came a stage when I felt OK-ish and my judgmental side kicked in and said 'you SHOULD get off the drugs'. Yet I was afraid. My therapist said 'you will know when you can start reducing the dose or going off' and it was true. There came a time when I knew I didn't need the chemical help (although I continued the therapy). I think you should listen to your inner voices. If you are afraid to reduce the dosage or anxious or whatever, then it probably isn't the best time to come off. Trust yourself and good luck! xx

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 11:19am

LP and Dolphin, Your comments are exactly the type that show how using personal experience and honesty may help others. Thank you both.

LP Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 11:52pm

Thank you so much Dolphin. It did surprise me when I said I was feeling stable for her to come back with that. Generally I trust my gut, so I'll carry on doing that. Thanks again LPxx

LP Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 11:53pm

You're welcome Leah thank you too! Xx

Leah Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 2:34am

Thanks LP have appreciated all your comments on my blog

Mary Wednesday Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 8:29am

And, as LP has said, thank you. You have made me think.

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 8:47am

Thanks to you for your honesty in comments. I am sure that helps many people.

Sally Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 8:54am

Leah, you are pretty amazing! You get to the heart of the matter every time. I recommend Moodscope to everyone I feel it could be of benefit to, but sometimes I find it hard to pinpoint WHY it is such a great tool. And you have put it in a nutshell!! Not just the Moodscope test and charting of moods, but the comments too I get such a lot from. That has increased over the years...more people are coming forward. For some years, I wouldn't have dared comment ( too stupid/ too recognisable/ too fearful...I could always find a reason not to comment) but one day, someone sparked a desire in me to respond, and it became apparent that there was no ( feared by me) backlash to doing so. So I have continued to put my two pennyworth out there. And I think it helps me too, to put in writing what is on my mind.
Well done again, Leah. Have a lovely day.

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 9:23am

Sally I am so glad you comment now as I find your wisdom from your experiences so helpful and you remain so humble. I wonder if you can recall what sparked that desire to comment? Thanks again Sally.

Sally Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 5:15pm

Leah, unfortunately I cannot remember the exact reason I first commented, no. But it must've been something that fired me enough to want to "help" with a comment, I suppose.

Leah Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 11:31pm

Sally, I can't remember my first comment either but of course I recall my first blog. It is interesting how a blog or a comment can touch something in you and you feel the need to comment. As others have said , for meI must be in the right mood too. It is great you want to'help'.

Heather Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 9:48am

Dear Leah, I have never recorded my mood nor commented on Moodscope in spite of reading daily posts for over 3 years. Sorry to all you brave people who help me daily! I do write down thoughts for the day that I find helpful reminders when I feel fragile. My mood has been fairly stable for the last 3 years and that is why I have been reluctant to post anything when so many readers are struggling with mood swings. Leah's post made me think that it is important to state 'I am here' as there may be others finding Moodscope such a support even when not in a dark place.
Thank you . X

Tutti Frutti Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 9:54am

Good to see you Heather and glad to hear that moodscope is helpful and you are in a good place. It took about 3 years of using moodscope before I commented as well. Love TF x

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 11:22am

Heather Thank you so much ugh for replying and I am glad I know you are here. I think everyone uses moodscope in a way that helps them.. I hope you comment again if you feel so moved.

LP Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 12:04am

Hi Heather, It's great to hear from you, welcome! Like you, I get that feeling that I'm not unwell enough to be here, but I ignore it because I know how I have been for many years. Being here has been a big part of getting me wanting to feel and remain steady, so I agree that there are probably awide range of people here which is great. :) LPx

Leah Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 11:42am

LP I think people come also to stay well. I have found moodscope helpful in helping me stay healthy and if I feel I am slipping there are people here I know would support me and encourage me.

LP Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 9:06pm

That's true and reassuring, thanks Leah.

Dolphin Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 10:13am

I jumped into a conversation thread above, so let me say here that I love the comments. They enrich a good blog and leave me with lots to think about because of the different perspectives and experiences. Although I don't comment often, I'm grateful to those who do, so maybe it is a good idea for all of us to comment more often even if it is just to say thank you. Thanks to you all and especially to Leah this morning who so often puts her finger so accurately on an issue. xx

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 11:23am

Dolphin Thanks for your kind words.

Carol Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 10:13am

I've only started using moodscope for approx 6 days now. I'd never heard of it before. I've been asked to monitor my moods in the past but never have. I wouldn't want my family to know or to be honest to see. Yet when I hit those black clouds they ask me beg in fact to let them know. It's hard to admit that I'm going through what I call my mad phases I feel ashamed and weak . Yet when I see that glimmer of light I realise it's a strong person that does ask for help.
I've been through a storm in fact a tornado not been well at all lost the plot ... I did what something stupid snapped and tried to end it all. I feel ashamed to see the hurt in those that love me I'm lucky to have that people who care ..want me need me and help.
I try hard to battle those demons in my head I'm here now mixed up emotions bit determined to get back to been me. I'm known as mad auntie Carol not in a patronising way that's me normally OK eccentric but funny sense of humour witty even. That person who joins in with the kids at the park swings roundabouts..slides it's fun try it who cares at that time what people think . Careful though your liable to get stuck .. wow I'm sat here smiling 1st for awhile actually looking forward to that .. not saying it will be today but I've planted that seed . Sorry if I waffle on but thankyou to those who are reading . You've got an essay from someone who was reluctant to say a sentence ..thanks p.s give the roundabout a miss makes you sick and dizzy x

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 11:25am

Carol, Welcome to moodscope. I like your description of yourself. You are expressing yourself, not waffling. I am so touched you took the time to write. Thank you so much

LP Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 12:15am

Hi Carol, you have made me smile. Yep I'm with you on the roundabout front! :) I bet there are lots of people who feel the same. I love to have fun with kids and often say aloud the things that I think are funny, then wonder if others were following my thinking. It's all probably alot of self doubt, inner critic, self conciousness, worry. We all deserve to be Ourselves and be comfortable about who we are. Lovely to see you here :) LPxx

Leah Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 2:17am

Carol and LP roundabouts make me dizzy- I love climbing frames and swings and slippery dips. I have wondered why there isn't a playground for adults and teenagers.

LP Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 9:11pm

:) There are a couple of indoor soft play venues that can be hired for adults in London, but that's about it! Not the same as a playground. Shame!

Leah Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 11:33pm

LP I think here soft play venues are for children and of course th adults end up getting stuck in them!!! I have memories of being stuck in a rocket structure that I had to climb to get my scared child down. She got down then I was stuck!!

Everhopeful Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 10:17am

I have not commented for over a year because I have lost my text or something has gone wrong and after thinking it all thro and then losing the text I have felt even more depressed,haha! I am thinking that the site and may be my ipad have upgraded now and will try this post.I am quite used to commenting on other sites and have been an admin on one in the past so not sure what goes wrong but def put me off for absoloutely ages! I will try this and c what happens this time.If it works it just goes to show that things r changing constantly and on a bad day never forget tomorrow could be a totally dif experience!

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 11:27am

Everhopeful, Thanks so much for being persistent.. Technology once I pressed lightly on reply button and my post was repeated 4 times!! I can read your post easily. Well done.

LP Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 12:41am

Hi E, My comment disappears when I press reply if it has timed out So when I remember I copy it, re-sighn in then paste and press reply.

Leah Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 11:43am

Thanks for the tip it I haven't learnt to cut and paste on my iPad!!

LP Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 9:24pm

Does select come up if you tap the start of where you want to copy or cut? If so, you can drag the end bubble to the end of the text then let go and it should be highlighted and you can let go and it should remain highlighted. You can then tap cut or copy and it will remember your selected text until you sign in again. (sorry if I've over simplified bits you find easy, sometimes even straight forward things on one system that I'm used to are done differently on an unfamiliar system). Sometimes I think I've lost what I've written on here, but I discovered by accident that if I swipe the whole page from right to left it's there! I use an iphone and assuming it's the same for ipad. Good luck! :) X

Leah Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 2:36am

LP Thanks I know what I should do but my chubby fingers cant seem to highlight like I do on a laptop. I just cant drag at all or I drag far more than I want!! Nothing is ever too simple for me!! I suppose I just write straight on here hence all my typos. Thanks for trying to help.

Everhopeful Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 10:24am

Carol I enjoyed reading your post and totally relate to what u say. when u r down it is hard to talk to your families and friends about it because u don't want to upset them or lose a friendship,that's how I feel.I just wanted to say that I have been here on and off for years and think it is a brilliant idea but never felt brave enough to ask a friend to be my buddy . I am thinking it is easier to have a complete stranger to talk to who has empathy but not involvement. I am a retired lady with a good sense of humour but do get down at times even when I have no apparent reason for it .I would be happy to be your Buddy and have u as my Buddy here , if it was of any interest to u,altho I do not know how to organise this ! Just a thought and well done for posting today!

Carol Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 10:37am

Thankyou not sure to how to become a buddy email address ? Is it allowed to post on here ? I'm no spring chicken 57 but at times act like a kid but that's the real me x

Orangeblossom Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 11:18am

Perhaps if you both contact Caroline on the support email, she will guide you through the process of requesting a buddy.

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 11:28am

Carol. You go through Carol for the buddy system.

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 11:29am

Orangeblossom, I posted my reply then saw tours. Thanks

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 1:18pm

Hi Carol and Everhopeful, just email support@moodscope.com with your details and I'll pass them on for you. Caroline

Leah Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 11:33pm

Thanks Caroline, I hope people see this.

LH Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 11:09am

Thanks for the blog questions
When I was unwell and somebody recommended moodscope to me I used to take the test but not read the blog -as I started to get better I started to read the blog and the comments but not contribute.
I then responded once to a blog (about 18 months ago) and the blogger did not respond to my comment but they responded to other comments-this was enough to knock my confidence and motivation to contribute again (until now!)
I think that people may sometimes feel that they are not part of the regular gang of contributors and feel unable to join in
I have noticed that sometimes people respond for the first time when something a bit different is blogged about
I also think that overall discussion is positive and encouraging which is great but may potentially put people off from sharing their more negative experiences

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 11:34am

LH I try to reply to everyone but some I can inadvertently miss people. Also sometimes people answer question early and mis later ones. Sometimes people answer a few and then feel unwell to answer more. I am so glad you decided to reply again. I really appreciate that. I really enjoyed the points you made.I do understand the confiden ce it takes to reply. I think people do sometimes share sad and negative experiences as well and get support. I agree that if everyone is being chirpy and positive it may be hard to comment. I am never chirpy!! Thanks so much for replying. I am sure your post will give others confidence.

LP Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 10:02am

Hi LH, I'm sorry that your confidence was knocked by your comment not being replied to and am also glad that you've given it another go. I'm so glad that Leahs blog has enabled this conversation, regular contributers definitely welcome comments from the less regular and new people. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. LP :)

Leah Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 11:43am

LP You have been busy today being very helpful and welcoming. Thanks

LP Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 9:33pm

Yes, you're very welcome, it's about stuff that I've thought about for a while. Also though, I'm aware that I'm going a bit OTT and almost can't help it! I think I find it hard not to reply, but I'll have to at some point! Had a few little tears earlier today, so I think my responding so much may be my being a bit less well today, having felt very well yesterday. I'm aware, so will keep an eye on it and will hopefully be back to a more even keel in the week. Thanks Leah x

Leah Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 11:42pm

LP You are a very giving person like many here but I you have to look after yourself too. I know sometimes I want to give all the people commenting on my blog and others a big hug and tell them but it can be tiring. While your contributions are welcome I hope you look after yourself too. That balance is something I aim for but dont always achieve. Xx

LP Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 12:34am

Thank you Leah, I needed to hear that.xx

Leah Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 2:37am

LP my pleasure. I know I over the top a bit and then I feel so exhausted.

LH Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 9:48pm

Thankyou LP for your kindness and thoughtfulness in adding to Leah's reply LH

LH Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 9:51pm

Thanks Leah for your reply and sensible explanation of why I may have had no reply. Rational me can totally understand-insecure me has a meltdown! x

Leah Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 11:15pm

LH I have had both reactions too at the same time when my comment was overlooked or not many reply to my blog. I think it is good we are aware of our insecurities! Thanks for your reply.x

Orangeblossom Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 11:12am

Hi Leah thanks for the encouragement. I love the blogs and do sometimes comment if I feel that I have something helpful or encouraging to say. I try to make Moodscope blogs part of my daily morning ritual though sometimes not successfully.

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 11:35am

Orangeblossom I have noticed how you always thank people and say how the blog has affected you. That is appreciated by me and others. Thank you very much.

The Gardener Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 1:45pm

As is only too well known I post all the time and have blogs from time to time. It is my life-line - I ramble, rant (not too much, I hope) and really enjoy the 'spark' which is so often generated in me and which I lack by the loss of my 'old' social life. Who responds and why is fascinating - and probably deep rooted. Some people shrink from expressing their feelings - don't want to 'burden', shy, can't express themselves, or do not have my 'brazen'ness', have keyboard, will write. When I was the only woman at national level representing our industry I started the 'analysis' of behaviour at meetings, and germane to today's blog, why people keep silent? So often, people (often responsible, well-educated, of some 'standing') would say in the bar what they would not or could not say in the meeting. I always asked 'why'. Usually, they did not want to make fools of themselves in front of their peers/rivals. They said to me 'You're one of the stars'. I was shocked, not particularly flattered. Because I, as a woman, was naturally 'in the limelight' I was very circumspect. I spoke often, but always after having made notes and formulating my reply. Chairmen knew that I would not rant, ramble, make a speech which should have been made at another level, if at all. And stick to the point - I try to do this with Moodscope - but there are so many tangents to go off on as I read the posts.I understand LH's quandary on this. And Carol - my family have always regarded me as 'eccentric' I've got quite used to being a joke - you've started, don't stop

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 10:41pm

Gardener Your comments add a special touch to moodscope and the great anecdotes from your amazing life. I dont see them as a ramble or rant but more the stream of consciousness narrative like you mentioned recently. My writing style especially in emails is a rambling narrative. I am working on being regarded as eccentric and quirky now my family just see me as 'different'. Thanks again Gardener for your comments and blogs.

Lexi Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 2:17pm

HI Leah and everyone. I love this post and comments - thank you Leah for spurring the discussion. Two things from me. First, I always read the posts and record my score. I have been doing it daily now for 5? years? Maybe less, maybe more, hard to remember! Anyway, I love this community and the mood tool. I don't always comment because sometimes I am just not there in the right frame of mind to articulate what I am thinking. But that doesn't mean I am not thinking about the words. So I guess I can say I'm always here in spirit :) even if my words don't show up on the page. Second, how did I not know about the Buddy system?? Is that something I can get in on? I think that is a fabulous idea. xo Lexi

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 10:45pm

Lexi Thanks for your reply. I think there are may like you who read and think and dont often comment . I know for every comment there are lots mor reading and that is appreciated. RE Buddies at the top of the page there is a tab for buddies. When Caroline has ime I am sure she will explain how it works as a few have asked about it.

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 1:23pm

Hi Lexi, as Leah has said, there's a link at the top of the page 'Buddies'. If you click on this it will take you to a page where you can invite someone to be your buddy. If you click on the link 'invite buddy' you can add someone's name and email address and they will be sent an invitation to be your buddy. Once they have confirmed that they are happy to be your buddy, they are sent your scores each day. Many people find it a great support. Hope this helps. Any problems, just email me at support@moodscope.com. Caroline

Leah Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 2:40am

Lexi, You can be a buddy for someone without them being your buddy if that makes sense. Anyway Caroline has explained it and I hope that makes it clearer.

The librarian Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 2:43pm

Hello Leah,

I find the comments as helpful as the posts, and I greatly appreciate the comments I've received on the posts I've written. It's a good way to share ideas and thoughts. (Tutti Frutti - if you're reading this, please could you post a link to the depression/anxiety Ignatian prayer you found the other day? Thanks!)

It's great that you ask questions in your posts and stimulate interesting discussions, and make such compassionate, kindly and encouraging responses to people's comments - they have been a real lifeline for me at times, and I am finding the Moodscope community essential at the moment.

I don't always have time/energy to read comments on the day and it would be great if there was a way to know that comments had been posted.

Using a pseudonym is helpful! It provides some anonimity and freedom.

Thank you and all the best!

Tutti Frutti Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 10:19pm

Hi Librarian I found it on Jesuitprayer.org which happened to come up when I googled the examen. Having been brought up Catholic I had heard of the Jesuits so it seemed like a natural site for me to pick. Anyway sorry I didn't include a link before. I use my smartphone for moodscope and doing links is beyond me. And by the time I have typed my comment up I sometimes find I have forgotten the web address. I will go back to the other site in a minute and double check I got it right today! Love TF x

Tutti Frutti Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 10:22pm

Yes address above is OK. TF x

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 10:50pm

Librarian Thanks for your kind words. I am glad you find Moodscope helpful. I find the compassion amongst Moodscopers to be very touching. I am not sure what you mean by wanting to know if comments have been posted. At the end of every blog there is a tally of comments so you can see if more have been added since you last looked. Is that what you mean or something different? I always find your blogs stimulating . Thanks again .

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 10:51pm

TF You are always so helpful to others with your comments and suggestions. Thank you.

The librarian Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 12:41pm

Thank you, TF, I will have an explore. I listen to the Examen on Pray-as-you-Go. I struggle with links on anything but a pc too! And thank you, Leah. I meant an email alert if comments have been made -as with Facebook - someone mentioned it in comments before but I suspect it isn't possible. All the best

Leah Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 11:39pm

Librarian Thanks for explaining what you meant, I think it may be difficult. I suppose I just keep checking to see and hope there are comments!!

Holly Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 2:54pm

This blog post was definitely food for thought!

I record my moodscope score every day and have done for the last 2-3 years. Even though I rarely comment, I often try to read the blog posts regularly. Sometimes I just don't know what to say? I'm not afraid of being judged or anything because I know from the blog posts and other comments that this place is a very supportive community. I sometimes get bursts of inspiration when reading the blog posts and then may decide to comment. But either way, you can be sure that I do read the blog posts even if I don't comment, and I find them to be helpful, encouraging, comforting and inspiring :)

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 10:53pm

Holly, Thanks so much for your reply. I think it is great there is an opportunity to comment but there is no pressure. Sometimes I am so mvedI really cant think of what to add. It s goodto know that may are reading the blogs and comments and find them useful.

LP Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 10:15am

Hi Holly, Glad to see your comment. Yes, I agree that it's fine for people to read and not comment and hope everyone feels more free to do what they want to do without any pressure or guilt. Thank you. LP :)

Jeanius Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 3:56pm

Hello Leah
I also enjoy the blogs and very rarely comment, but you have inspired me to do so today.
Joining Moodscope has really helped me both to chart my moods and, to a great extent, helped me to get to know myself better and recognize when I am about to go into a downward spiral or off an a episode of manic behaviour. I don't take medication - my condition isn't serious enough - but I use all sorts of techniques to manage my highs and lows.
Reading the above comments, I have found out that I could apply to be a buddy and also to have a buddy. I, too, have never wanted a friend or family member to be a buddy.
Thank you for today's blog.
Jean

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 10:56pm

Jean Thanks for taking the time to reply today. I appreciate that. I am glad you find Moodscope helpful.

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 1:26pm

Hi Jeanius, we don't have a formal system for matching Moodscope members up as buddies yet. It's something we want to test in the near future. We can do it on an ad hoc basis. Let me know if you want to try it and I'll see what we can arrange. Thanks. Caroline

Leah Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 11:37pm

Thanks for explaining that Caroline.

Lucy Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 4:33pm

Hi

I receive a Moodscope email every day and I read the blog when the title catches my eye or if I am feeling delicate. I have never been diagnosed with a mental health disease but I believe that I have had mild depression pretty much all my life, which has been more severe at other times when life has got tricky.

I learnt the benefit of a having a Thought for the Day from my Al-Anon group and I enjoy reading the daily blogs for the same reason. Sometimes the Moodscope hits the nail on the head, sometimes it is not immediately relevant, but they always prompt me to pause and reflect. I sometimes forward them to people when I think they might be useful to them.

Thank you Moodscopers for making my day a bit brighter

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 10:58pm

Lucy Thank you Lucy for explaining how Moodscope helps you. Not all blogs topics will appeal to veryone that is why it is good we have so much variety. Thank you for your comment.

LP Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 10:19am

Hi Lucy, I really identified with your first paragraph. Thanks from me too. LP :)

Jane SG Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 4:49pm

Hi Leah, I always enjoy your blogs. Can I be honest? I used to enjoy commenting and reading the comments but a few recent dialogues put me off.

However I have missed reading the blogs and seeing how everyone is getting on.

I may ease myself back in.

Thanks for the great blog Leah xxxx

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 11:00pm

Jane SG Thanks for your comment. I hope when it suits . Yu can ease yourself back in as I find your comments helpful and understanding. Take care Jane x

LP Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 10:27am

Hi Jane SG, It's a shame that your previous enjoyment of commenting was affected by others and if I was one of those I'm sorry to hear that, but am glad about your honesty, other people may feel the same. Things blow over. Everyone is welcome and it's all good.LP:)

Leah Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 11:46am

Jane and LP I think many of us here are fragile and sensitive so sometimes it is hard and we can upset people without even knowing. I know I have.

The librarian Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 12:43pm

I am also sorry if I was one of those, Jane. I am aware I have strong opinions that don't quite fit with the way other people think and probably come across badly in writing. Wishing you well.

Leah Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 11:36pm

It is interesting that many of us automatically think we have offended others, maybe because we are sensitive. I know my words online and in life can often be misconstrued. My daughter says I have a tonal problem and on posts there are no tones.

Another Sally Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 9:55pm

Hi Leah, like Lucy above, I feel I have had long term low grade depression. I love reading the daily email and usually find time to read the comments. I look forward to HO's jokes, Mary's wise words and TG's descriptions of France and her garden. The difficulties in her life make me realise that I am quite fortunate, despite my personal stresses. Thank you one and all for the daily comments, it is great to feel part of a community. xx

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 11:02pm

Another Sally, Thanks for your comments and telling us what you like about the comments. It is a great community.

Tutti Frutti Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 10:49pm

Hi Leah
I am not generally very into social media so it took quite a while for me to start reading the comments as well as the blog and even longer for me to conquer my anxiety about commenting on something on line. I started out completely anonymously for a couple of comments and then adopted my nom de plume and started commenting more regularly after one of the bloggers (I think it was Jul) wrote a blog asking after all the regulars who hadn't commented for a while to check how they were and offer support. Which reminds me that we haven't seen Bear for a while and I hope she is OK. I find that reading the blogs and the comments and commenting myself help me formulate my ideas on a number of mental health issues and that the comments often give other ways of looking at things. I have also picked up a number of good tips for managing my bipolar and had some much needed virtual hugs from time to time.

I don't always comment. It depends whether I have anything to say, how I am, how busy I am etc. (Sorry I am so late commenting today. It was a busy day and I didn't get the time to say anything substantial earlier.) I do hope that sometimes I can put the grim times I have unfortunately had to go through to good use and say something which may help someone else. I find that I identify more strongly with some of the people who comment than others and I am sure that some people reading will find my views more or less to their taste. I hope at least that I rarely upset anyone as it is certainly not my intention.

Love and hugs to all
TF xoxo

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 11:09pm

TF Thanks for your most welcome comments. Never too late to comment, because for me it is morning and I am just commenting before I get up and open my shop. I always find your comments helpful and I like the way offer support to others. I was thinking it would be good if we had some system if someone had not commented for a while and they could just put a star or something to indicate they are fine- they could be busy or away etc. Just a thought. I know not everyone relates to my blogs or comments as I wrote before that's the beauity of having a wealth of wonderful moodscopers. Thanks again for your reply today and all your replies.

Tutti Frutti Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 11:17pm

I thought you might be back on line around now Leah so I just checked for replies before going to bed. Lovely to pick up your reply. Night night or should i say have a good day. TF x

LP Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 10:37am

Hi TF, Thanks for expressing so well how I also feel about not intending to upset anyone. I have spoken up to support someone if I have felt its important, even if only to me! LP :)

LP Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 11:02am

Ps TF, I have asked after people that I havent seen for a while too, including dear Bear and they often are just feeling quiet or super busy. Sometimes people are going through stuff and are dealing with it and I'm sure appreciate being asked after. Again, I'm glad you've raised it, because if I ask after someone I then worry that I've put them under pressure to comment!! :) I probably say too much, think too much and worry too much, so I'm glad I've had the chance from Leah's blog to express all those feelings and will just carry on being me and hope that that's ok. If ever I do or have annoyed or upset anyone, hopefully they have or will let me know. Hopefully my ramblings are not important enough anyway!!! :)) LP xx

Leah Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 11:49am

LP I think like many of us you worry too much. I know I do. I suppose people come and go on moodscope, some stay for longer than others. I think people would like to know we are thinking of them.

LP Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 9:41pm

Thank you x

Leah Sat, May 20th 2017 @ 11:27pm

Thank you everyone for reading the blog and comments, thinking, being here in spirit and for replying. It is a great community . I always check for late comments so feel free to comment at any time. Thank you to Caroline and the moodscope team for having such a wonderful website. Hugs across the oceans.
Leah

LP Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 11:03am

Ditto and thsnk you too Leah.xx

Molly Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 12:02am

What a great response Leah. I have nothing much to say apart from I agree the comments are as helpful as the blogs. But it does depend what mood you are in as to whether you want to contribute. Sometimes I can't stop talking and other times no words come at all, I suppose I am the same in real life. Either quiet as a mouse or you can't shut me up :-) but it's important I think that new people take part and are encouraged to do so because otherwise they might think they are not part of the regular gang as it were. I have always had amazing support on here, but will probably never feel part of the regular gang. Molly xx

Leah Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 2:25am

Molly thanks for your comment. I am the same I either write essays or I can't write a word, I am either talking nonstop or am silent. I did not know there was a gang but I feel sad you are not part of it. I hope we are one big community. Thanks again Molly, your comments make me smile and think and nod! xx

Molly Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 2:59am

Not that nodding dog again Leah :-) Thank you for your response, a great example of the feeling that someone understands where you are coming from, which is why it is important to comment and take part, because there will no doubt be at least one person who can relate and make you feel better. Whilst we all feel alone at times, I guess the 'gang' is probably in my head whilst I try and 'join in'. Keep smiling Leah :-) (just don't think too much) and definitely do not nod too much :-) :-) you are great xx

LP Sun, May 21st 2017 @ 10:48am

Hi Molly, I agree that it's great that people express these things. Like Leah, I am a regular on here and you're not the first to have mentioned the feeling of not being a part of the "regular gang", so it's not just in your head, you could be speaking for others. All it is, I think, is that if our "name" crops up alot, we become familiar to readers, so you are a part of it, because I've seen your name a few times! LP :)

Molly Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 12:37am

Thank you LP xx

Leah Mon, May 22nd 2017 @ 9:55am

I think we all need to be as inclusive no welcoming as we can be. It is bad enough feeling isolated due to mental ilness than feeling left out of a website that aims to help improve people's moods.

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