Your Problem Suggestions

The following is the section of the survey that seeks to understand what problems people are facing. We want to gather enough information for the researchers but make it simple enough for people to easily complete the survey. We also want the questions to feel relevant for everyone, including those who are against psychiatry or are otherwise ambivalent about the labels associated with our conditions.

Another major consideration is we want to help people see that the label (or even the specific symptoms that lead to a label) is not the problem. The real problems people need to solve is how they function in the world and their level of contentment with their lives. The survey needs to capture that and we need to prompt people with suggestions so they can easily just check them off instead of having to come up with them on their own.

Please chose 'Other" when clicking through the survey so you can see that it causes a new text box where people can put their own words in.

Please use the comments section at the bottom of the page for your feedback. Any feedback is welcome including, but not limited to, better wording, new topics and questions, more or less choices, etc.

Section 1: Diagnosis, Symptoms, and Problems

This part of the study focuses on identifying the participants' mental conditions and the problems attached to them.


The label we use as a shortcut to describe our conduit to others.
Please choose what you prefer to call your condition.
How did you come to associate with the diagnosis?
When were you first made aware of the condition? (best guess) Exact date not that important.


These are the actual symptoms that are causing a problem for you.

The Problems

These are the actual problems that are in need of fixing.

Please share your thoughts in the comments below. We really need your input to make it better for everyone.

  • Pamela Skelton says:

    Is there another way to enter date than through calendars? Takes forever

    • That is great feedback Pamela. Thank you and we will look into it. A related question is – do we actually need a date?

      • Good question. Do we want to have an idea how long people have been living with Bipolar or Depression? Often people have been living with Bipolar for a long time before they are officially diagnosed on a specific date. Is having a date irrelevant?

        • Thank you Tracy for adding your thoughts on it. I think knowing how long someone has been facing the issues and how long he/she has been trying different solutions is very relevant, but in asking am trying to say we should explore all possibilities and think them through with as much input as possible.

  • “what problems are the symptoms causing?” Only allows you to choose one option, and I’m sure most of us have experienced a myriad of problems.

    • Thanks for writing Dave. The forms are just a sample so you can give feedback on what to add to them. We will make sure that users will be able to choose more than one option in the finished surveys thanks to your feedback.

    • Thanks Dave. I think we have it fixed now. We had configured it wrong so without your feedback we would not have aught the error.

  • Yes, multiple choices are needed for most questions.

    • I fixed it in the example form and will need to make sure it is set up properly when we combine all samples into one huge survey. A lot of research mentions how the longer the questionnaire the more people drop out, so we do need to keep that in mind too. It is looking like a pretty large survey already and it will take a lot of feedback to know what to ask and what to leave out.

  • kellie Albee says:

    Are utilized bipolar advantage skills and workshops in the past, I’ve read Tom’s books and really like the way he looks at things.

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