This article is from the Bipolar Disorder FAQ, by email@example.com (Barry Campbell) with numerous contributions by others.
-- Pendulum (Mailing List)
The "pendulum" mailing list is a support group for people who have a
cyclical affective disorder (either bipolar or unipolar
Anything relating to mood disorders is fair game for discussion, including:
o Lithium treatment: methodologies and side-effects.
o Treatment with anti-depressant medications: tri-cyclics, Prozac,
Zoloft, and the like.
o Effect of MD illness on people you are close to.
o How to deal with the strange things you may have done while under
the grip of MD illness.
o Dealing with mental health professionals, particularly, what to do
when you come up against incompetence, and how to find a quality
psychiatrist, psychologist, or counselor.
o How to recognize the warning signs of an impending manic swing.
o How to recognize the warning signs of suicide.
SUBSCRIPTION POLICY: due to problems on the list in December 1995, the
list has been placed in CLOSED subscription mode (i.e. the list-owner
hand-processes each sub request). In addition, only subbed members of
the list may post to the list, with a very few exceptions. There are
several things the list-owner does to lessen the probability that
dysphoric individuals bent on trolling, will pop on/off the list:
o each sub request is held at least 48 hours before processing.
o some potential subscribers may be asked in advance if they will
observe certain rules, particularly with regard to use of alternate
IDs, and use of automatic mail-handling (e.g. forwarding) software.
o users of certain ISPs from which problems have originated, and
account names which appear suspicious, may be asked for a real
name, city/state of residence, and telephone number (to verify
identity via directory assistance or direct query). If
requested, this info is discarded within 2 months of subscription.
Regular (non-3rd-party) un-subs are handled immediately by the server;
there is no wait in that case.
FOR THOSE CONCERNED ABOUT PRIVACY: please note that the Majordomo
server allows users who are registered on this list, to find out the
membership of the mailing list, via the server's "who" command. Since
this list is typed "private", users not registered on the list cannot
receive this information. Also, real names are never inserted in the
list when sub requests are manually processed. If however, this is
still of concern to you, notify pendulum-owner.
To subscribe to pendulum, send a message to:
containing the line
SUBSCRIBE PENDULUM (e-mail address)
(To subscribe to the Digest form, substitute SUBSCRIBE PENDULUM-DIGEST
Walkers-in-Darkness is a list for people diagnosed with
various depressive disorders (unipolar, atypical, and
bipolar depression, S.A.D., related disorders). The list
also includes sufferers of panic attacks and Borderline
Personality Disorder. Please, no researchers trying to
study us, etc. (Postings are copyrighted by individual
To subscribe to walkers or walkers-digest, send a message
containing one of the following lines:
SUBSCRIBE WALKERS (your e-mail address) for the mailing list, or
SUBSCRIBE WALKERS-DIGEST (your e-mail address) for the digest.
MADNESS is an electronic action and information letter
for people who experience moods swings, fright, voices, and
visions. (People Who). To subscribe, send a message to:
with this command in the body of the message:
SUBSCRIBE MADNESS (first name) (last name)