Will zoe123 ever leave benzo forums?

Re: Where is chat
« Reply #126 on: Today at 11:31:26 AM »

offandrunning

There are plenty of other chat venues on the web. Yahoo chat, msn , skype , etc….

Re: Where is chat
« Reply #127 on: Today at 11:34:30 AM »

Hope1962

We don’t advise our members use other chat venues. That’s been done in the past with disastrous results. In one case, the troll who frequents this forum, found one of the off wite chat rooms and cause a great deal of upset. Remember you don’t really know who you’re chatting with.

Naturally, you’ll all decide on your own if you want to go this route but it’s highly recommended that you do not.

Re: Where is chat
« Reply #128 on: Today at 12:22:07 PM »

RobbedbyBenzos

Quote from: Hope1962 on Today at 11:34:30 AM
We don’t advise our members use other chat venues. That’s been done in the past with disastrous results. In one case, the troll who frequents this forum, found one of the off site chat rooms and cause a great deal of upset. Remember you don’t really know who you’re chatting with.

Naturally, you’ll all decide on your own if you want to go this route but it’s highly recommended that you do not.

I believe that happened at BB too. Sorry but true.

Re: Where is chat
« Reply #129 on: Today at 12:27:46 PM »

Hope1962

Rob,

You know the risks. If that’s the route you decide on, I can’t stop you. I can only remind our members to be careful. Anything after that is your own responsibility.

Re: Where is chat
« Reply #130 on: Today at 12:33:34 PM »

RobbedbyBenzos

Quote from: Hope1962 on Today at 12:27:46 PM
Rob,

You know the risks. If that’s the route you decide on, I can’t stop you. I can only remind our members to be careful. Anything after that is your own responsibility.
Very true.

Re: Where is chat
« Reply #131 on: Today at 07:35:45 PM »

offandrunning

Quote from: Hope1962 on Today at 11:34:30 AM
We don’t advise our members use other chat venues. That’s been done in the past with disastrous results. In one case, the troll who frequents this forum, found one of the off wite chat rooms and cause a great deal of upset. Remember you don’t really know who you’re chatting with.

Naturally, you’ll all decide on your own if you want to go this route but it’s highly recommended that you do not.

Hope , there are literally hundreds of people from the benzo community using other chats on the web, with no disastorous results, I did when I was was early off.

It’s a lot for your member

s to continue to ask you to moderate chat and again make the forum vunerable.

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  1. Does she mean venerable or vulnerable? Just curious because it has no chance of being venerable at this point with all the suicides, doctor bashing and pharma conspiracy theories.
    About contagion and contagiousness:

    About contagion and contagiousness of Psychosis
    Psychosis: Introduction

    Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily the spread of Psychosis is possible from one person to another. Other words for contagion include “infection”, “infectiousness”, “transmission” or “transmissability”. Contagiousness has nothing to do with genetics or inheriting diseases from parents. For an overview of contagion, see Introduction to Contagion.

    Mass hysteria

    Mass hysteria, also called collective hysteria, mass psychogenic illness, or collective obsessional behavior, is the sociopsychological phenomenon of the manifestation of the same or similar hysterical symptoms by more than one person. A common manifestation of mass hysteria occurs when a group of people believe they are suffering from a similar disease or ailment.[1]

    Characteristics

    British historian and Fortean researcher Mike Dash[2] notes that studies have identified six elements that are required for a case of mass hysteria to afflict a population:

    “Regional conditions must be conducive” to the mass hysteria’s plausibility.
    “Channels of communication must be available for the reports to spread.”
    “Social and economic stress, as well as a lack of faith in the authorities, predispose people to embrace unconventional interpretations.”
    “[E]very culture has marginal traditions that offer alternative explanations.”
    “A triggering episode often serves as the pebble that commences an avalanche of reports.”
    “[O]utbreaks of unusual manifestations are aided by breakdowns in official control.”
    Mass hysteria typically begins when an individual becomes ill or hysterical during a period of stress.[3] After this initial individual shows symptoms, others begin to manifest similar symptoms, typically nausea, muscle weakness fits or headache.[4]

    Sightings of religious miracles are often attributed to mass hysteria.[5]

    Cases of moral panic often have symptoms that overlap with mass hysteria.[citation needed]

    Criticism

    Dash writes that while mass hysteria is widely accepted as genuine, many important details of the phenomenon are of unknown etiology, and mass hysteria can often seek to “explain a mystery with a mystery. Much more work needs to be done on the causes and consequences of hysterical contagion before we can be certain what it is and why it occurs.” Similarly, American paranormal and UFO researcher Jerome Clark[6] argues that mass hysteria is often a flimsy post hoc explanation and “a classic blame-the-victim strategy” in cases where authorities or experts can find no explanation for puzzling or frightening events.

    Two notable cases where mass hysteria was controversially claimed as the cause of an incident are the toxic lady event and the 2007 Peruvian meteorite event.

    Popular culture

    In the 18th episode of House season 3, a mass hysteria, triggered by the symptoms of a sick passenger, took place on an airplane. The six elements required to set off a mass hysteria can be observed in the episode.

    References

    1.Mass Delusions and Hysterias / Highlights from the Past Millennium (Skeptical Inquirer May 2000)
    2.Dash, Mike. (2000). Borderlands: The Ultimate Exploration of the Unknown. Dell. ISNB 0440236568
    3.Doubts raised over Melbourne airport scare. 27/04/2005. ABC News Online
    4.ACSH > Health Issues >
    5.Mass Delusions and Hysterias / Highlights from the Past Millennium (Skeptical Inquirer May 2000)
    6.Clark, Jerome (1993). ”Unexplained! 347 Strange Sightings, Incredible Occurrences, and Puzzling Physical Phenomena.” Canton, Milwaukee: Visible Ink Press. ISBN 0-8103-9436-7.

    Examples

    Tanganyika laughter epidemic (1962)
    The Tanganyika laughter epidemic began on January 30, 1962, at a mission-run boarding school for girls in Kashasha, Tanzania. The laughter started with three girls and spread haphazardly throughout the school, affecting 95 of the 159 pupils, aged 12–18. Symptoms lasted from a few hours to 16 days in those affected. The teaching staff were not affected but reported that students were unable to concentrate on their lessons. The school was forced to close down on March 18, 1962.
    After the school was closed and the students were sent home, the epidemic spread to Nshamba, a village that was home to several of the girls.[9] In April and May, 217 people had laughing attacks in the village, most of them being school children and young adults. The Kashasha school was reopened on May 21, only to be closed again at the end of June. In June, the laughing epidemic spread to Ramashenye girls’ middle school, near Bukoba, affecting 48 girls. Another outbreak occurred in Kanyangereka and two nearby boys schools were closed.

    Blackburn, England (1965)
    In October 1965 at a girls’ school in Blackburn, several girls complained of dizziness. Some fainted. Within a couple of hours, 85 girls from the school were rushed by ambulance to a nearby hospital after fainting. Symptoms included swooning, moaning, chattering of teeth, hyperpnea, and tetany.

    A medical analysis of the event about one year later found that outbreaks began among the 14-year-olds, but that the heaviest incidence moved to the youngest age groups. There was no evidence of pollution of food or air. The younger girls proved more susceptible, but disturbance was more severe and lasted longer in the older girls. Using the Eysenck Personality Inventory, those affected had higher scores for extroversion and neuroticism. It was considered that the epidemic was hysterical, that a previous polio epidemic had rendered the population emotionally vulnerable, and that a three-hour parade, producing 20 faints on the day before the first outbreak, had been the specific trigger.

    West Bank fainting epidemic (1983)
    The 1983 West Bank fainting epidemic was a series of incidents in March 1983 in which 943 Palestinian teenage girls, mostly schoolgirls, and a small number of IDF women soldiers fainted or complained of feeling nauseous in the West Bank. Israel was accused of using “chemical warfare” to sterilize West Bank women while IDF sources speculated that a toxic substance had been employed by Palestinian militants to stir up unrest but investigators concluded that even if some “environmental irritant” had originally been present, the wave of complaints was ultimately a product of mass hysteria. This conclusion was supported by a Palestinian health official, who said that while 20% of the early cases may have been caused by the inhalation of some kind of gas, the remaining 80% were psychosomatic.

    “Strawberries With Sugar virus” (2006)
    In May 2006, an outbreak of the so-dubbed “Morangos com Açúcar Virus” (Strawberries With Sugar virus) was reported in Portuguese schools, named after the popular teen girl’s show Morangos com Açúcar (Strawberries With Sugar). 300 or more students at 14 schools reported similar symptoms to those experienced by the characters in a then recent episode where a life-threatening virus affected the school depicted in the show. Symptoms of the “virus” included rashes, difficulty breathing, and dizziness. The perceived outbreak forced some schools to temporarily close. The Portuguese National Institute for Medical Emergency eventually dismissed the illness as mass hysteria.

    LeRoy, New York (2011-12)
    In late 2011, 12 high school girls developed Tourette-like symptoms. Their school was tested for toxins, and all other factors for their symptoms were ruled out. The case, and some of the girls and their parents gained national media attention. In January 2012, several more students and a 36-year-old adult female came forward with similar symptoms. They were all diagnosed with conversion disorder.

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