As I was watching my twitter feed today, I noticed several tweets from people I follow using the #ppdchat hashtag. This tag is used for postpartum depression, and while I am certainly no stranger to depression, I am definitely out of my league with that particular type.
One particular tweet caught my eye, tho.
In the DOC, we use those words all the time, but this amazing support group has taken it a step further: using their #ppdchat as a signal that someone needs some help right then, right now.
As I started to realize what that really meant, it occurred to me that the DOC doesn’t really have such a mechanism in place. We have #diabetes which we use to talk to spammers, #dblog when we write a blog post about something, and #dsma when we see an advocacy or social media angle on something.
But when we’re just looking for a little support, we DOC members tend to just throw it out there and hope that some one will reply. There’s usually enough tweeps around for us to at least get someone asking what’s up, but sometimes not.
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