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Crisis or Emergency. If you are in a crisis situation, are having thoughts of harming yourself or others, or feel unsafe in any way you must call 911 and/or go to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately. Alternatively you may use the National Suicide Help Line by dialing 988. WebShrink.com must never be used as a way of dealing with emergency situations. WebShrink.com is not a crisis response or hotline service. We do not monitor users and messages. There is absolutely no scenario in which WebShrink.com can be held liable or responsible for any emergency situation or outcome.
Use of Contact Form. WebShrink.com’s contact form is to be used for general questions or suggestions about the use of our website. Our contact form is not to be used to ask for individual advice or recommendations. Furthermore, as stated in paragraph 1 above the contact form must never be used to seek help in a crisis or emergency. We do not monitor messages continuously and are not responsible for responding within any particular time frame. We do not and cannot provide individualized recommendations or advice and any such submissions will not be responded to. Never send or submit personal or confidential information about yourself using our contact form.
Privacy. WebShrink.com is not a healthcare practice or entity, does not provide treatment or medical advice, and does not collect or handle anyone’s protected health information. As such federal privacy rules regarding protected health information do not apply. You must never use our contact form to submit any personal information about yourself. If you do so it is at your own risk and you understand and consent that this is not a secure method of transmission and WebShrink.com assumes no liability or responsibility for the privacy of your information or the lack thereof Use of the internet is widely known and understood to carry potential security risks. WebShrink.com is not responsible or liable for any private or personal information about individual users’ online behavior or personal or health related information that may become exposed due to inherent vulnerabilities within public or private networks, individual devices, or the internet itself as a whole. WebShrink.com cannot be responsible or liable for information about users that is tracked and/or collected by any third parties through internet browsers or other software or devices on individual computers, networks, or the internet itself as a whole. WebShrink does not collect personal information of it’s users except for email address.
Personal Stories. Personal stories appearing in WebShrink.com’s “Stories” section are published only with the full written permission of the individual who is the subject of the story. In some cases, the individual has given full written permission to disclose their identity and use their actual name, photograph(s), video, audio, or other media. In other cases, the individual has chosen to not disclose their true identity and their identity is concealed through use of an alias and will be described as such. WebShrink.com will never publish any story about anyone without their prior written permission, whether or not they choose to reveal their identity.
Not a Substitute for Professional or Medical Advice. WebShrink.com is an informational website intended to provide consumers and the general public with information about mental health and substance use disorders and treatment options. The site is for informational purposes only and is not in any way intended to be a substitute for diagnosis or advice from a medical and mental health care professionals. WebShrink.com’s staff, editors, authors, and contributors include medical and/or mental health care professionals but use of the site does not in any way constitute a treatment relationship of any kind between any professional and any end user. The material published on WebShrink.com is for informational purposes only and WebShrink.com does not provide direct medical or mental health care or assume direct responsibility for the care of any patients.
Symptom Checker. The “Explore Your Symptoms/Identify Your Symptoms/Symptom Checker” feature on WebShrink.com uses simplified brief questionnaires in order to assist the user in narrowing down their search topics and providing suggested topics to learn about. This feature and these questionnaires are not and are in no way intended to be used as scientifically validated instruments for diagnosis. Further, they are not and are in no way intended to be used as scientifically validated rating scales to establish the presence, absence or severity of symptoms. If you think you might have a disorder or want to know if you have a particular diagnosis that requires treatment you should seek evaluation from a medical and or mental health professional to make this determination. Since most mental health disorders are part of a spectrum ranging from normal life experience to mild or severe symptoms that cause distress, WebShrink.com must not be used to self-diagnose or attempt to diagnose others. Rather, WebShrink.com is intended to help people find answers to their questions and ultimately find professional help they might need for themselves or their loved ones and to know which questions they will want to bring to a professional for further clarification. WebShrink can – only with your permission and consent – save your responses to the symptom checker questions attached to your email address/log in account and use those responses to help you locate a professional based on your symptoms. WebShrink will not automatically save your responses in connection with your email if you opt out of this feature. Our goal is to provide you with help, not to track your information and if you choose to opt in for this feature we will not use this information for any other purpose nor intentionally disclose or sell it to any third party ever.
Caution about Self-Diagnosis or Diagnosis of Others. Mental health and psychiatric disorders are inherently difficult to diagnose because they tend to be on a spectrum from normal to mild to more severe symptoms causing distress. It is tempting to see aspects of a diagnosis and think “that is me” or “that is [someone else]”. We caution our users that establishing a diagnosis requires evaluation by a trained and qualified professional with experience and skill at knowing the nuances and finer points of such an evaluation. Users should use the content on WebShrink to learn and become informed and as a means of understanding what kinds of professional help they may or may not need and not draw any conclusions about themselves or others based on the content.
Work in Progress. WebShrink.com is a work in progress and as such we are constantly reviewing, revising, and seeking to improve our site and its content. We strive to maintain the highest level of accuracy and reliability of the information on our site. We thoroughly research, fact check, and provide references for our sources. Notwithstanding these efforts it is possible that our content might contain errors or and you should never make any important decisions about your health care based solely on a single source. You should bring any information you have collected from all your sources with you to a professional for consultation and discussion before making any decisions about your health care. If you find something on our site that you believe to be inaccurate please notify us and we will research it and correct it if we find it necessary.
Provider Finder. Mental health professionals who subscribe to a provider account are charged a recurring annual subscription fee. WebShrink offers two options for creating a professional profile to be listed in the finder: upload a CV or Resume and we will create your profile for you based on the information contained in the document you provide and then we will allow you to preview, edit, and approve this profile OR the user can create their own profile by manually typing in and checking off answers to questions. WebShrink will then verify the user’s credentials. Once verified the user’s profile will be presented with the badge indicating “Verified by WebShrink.” Subscriptions will automatically renew on an annual basis. If the user wishes to cancel the subscription they should send an email requesting cancelation to email@example.com. Once cancelled, the subscription will then remain active until the end of the 1-year term and will not automatically renew. WebShrink’s provider is not a referral service. WebShrink’s provider finder is intended to assist persons who are seeking care in finding a provider that is well matched with their needs and to assist providers in informing the public about their practice. WebShrink does not make any guarantees as to the quality or appropriateness of any particular professional or the treatment(s) they provide beyond verifying the professional licensing credentials they have provided to us and there can be no scenario in which WebShrink has any liability or responsibility for any outcomes resulting from the connection between a professional and a patient or client simply because they may have connected using WebShrink’s provider finder.
Podcast. Like all of the material published on WebShrink in any form (print, audio, video, or other medium), the Psyched for Mental Health podcast is for informational and entertainment purposes only and is not intended to provide medical advice. Users must always consult with a mental health, addiction, or other healthcare professional regarding any diagnosis or treatment of any individual.