Online Communities and Welcome to Oz Subscription

Having a family member with narcissistic or borderline personality disorder can make you feel all alone, with no one to talk to who really understands. You may be experiencing anxiety, depression, confusion, and most of all, isolation. And real life support groups are nearly impossible to find.

That’s why I (Randi Kreger, author, advocate, and owner of BPDCentral.com) started the Welcome to Oz online family community in 1996. WTO is a sacred place where you’ll meet new friends who know just what you’re facing because they’ve been there too. There, you’ll experience understanding and comfort and learn tips and techniques that have worked for others. WTO members are wonderfully supportive and can carry you through both good and bad times.

Welcome To Oz is open to people who have someone with BPD in their life who will live up to the spirit of our Covenant and follow our all-important Guidelines. Because we’ve grown to more than 20,000 members, we can offer 15 diverse and active groups so you can talk with someone in your own particular situation (see the list of groups below).

Professional management of these group is provided by Lisa R. Lisa moderates the groups, ensuring they’re safe, spam-free, and on topic. She’s there to help you with any concern, including technical issues. You’ll find her email address at the bottom of every post. Don’t hesitate to contact her at any time with a question or concern: that’s why she’s there.

Many discussions on the community revolve around concepts and tools in Randi Kreger’s books The Essential Family Guide to Borderline Personality Disorder, Stop Walking on Eggshells, and The Stop Walking on Eggshells Workbook. When you purchase those books from this site (just click on each title) you help defray the considerable costs of managing this free community.

Please scroll down these list and join the one(s) that look the best for you. Please read the instructions carefully. For confidentiality, Lisa and I urge you to create a confidential e-mail address at www.hotmail.com or www.yahoo.com before subscribing. (Please do not use your real last name.) The groups are active and generate 25-100 emails each day. Therefore, you may wish to set your subscription to digest instead of individual email.

Our Mixed Groups

Our two Welcome to Oz groups, our largest, are for people who would like to interact with all types of family members.

To join WelcomeToOz2, send a blank email to WelcomeToOz2-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or visit our homepage at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/WelcomeToOz2

To join the WelcomeToOz group, send a blank email to WelcomeToOz-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or visit our homepage at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/WelcomeToOz

Our Specialized Groups

WTOAdultChildren1
This group is for people age 18 and over who have or who had a parent with borderline personality disorder. To join this group, send a blank email to WTOAdultChildren1-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
or visit our homepage at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOAdultChildren1

WTOChristian
For people who prefer a Christian environment
Subscribe: WTOChristian-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
or visit our homepage at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOChristian

WTOGLBT
For gay and lesbian members who only want to be with other GLBT members
Subscribe: WTOGLBT-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
or visit our homepage at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOGLBT

WTOStaying
FOR those who prefer to be with those who are staying with their BP partner or spouse
Subscribe: WTOStaying-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
or visit our homepage at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOStaying

WTOTransition
For those ambivalent about staying with or leaving their BP partner or spouse
Subscribe: WTOTransition-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
or visit our homepage at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOTransition

WTODivorcing
For people who want to be with those who are divorcing their BP spouse
Subscribe: WTODivorcing-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
or visit our homepage at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WTODivorcing

WTOCoparenting1
For people who are "co-parenting" with a BP
Subscribe: WTOCoPparenting-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
or visit our homepage at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOCoparenting1

WTOMenOnly
Subscribe: WTOMenOnly-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
or visit our homepage at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOMenOnly

WTOWomenOnly
Subscribe: WTOWomenOnly-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
or visit our homepage at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOWomenOnly

WTOParentsOfBPs
For NON-BP parents of children (of any age) who may have BPD
Subscribe: WTOParentsofBPs-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
or visit our homepage at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOParentsOfBPs

WTOGrandparents
For Non-BP grandparents whose grandchildren have a parent with BPD
Subscribe: WTOGrandparents-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
or visit our homepage at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOGrandparents

WTOSiblings
For Non-BP siblings of a person with BP
Subscribe: WTOSibling-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
or visit our homepage at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOSibling

WTOProfessionals
For clinicians and other health care professionals to discuss BPD. Membership is restricted to clinicians and other professionals 
Subscribe: WTOProfessionals-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
or visit our homepage at: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/WTOProfessionals

 

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