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Support groups can be valuable resources for people suffering similar medical conditions such as depression. While support groups can be an important part of the overall treatment and recovery process for depression, support groups should not replace standard medical treatment a physician or psychologist provides, which may include prescription medications and psychotherapy, or “talk” therapy, which may include support groups.
A support group is a gathering of people who share a common mental illness such as depression who meet regularly to discuss living with that condition. Most people look to join support groups because they are looking to seek advice, coping tips and emotional support from other people who are dealing with the same medical condition on a daily basis.
One main benefit of a support group is that people who join them can identify with the other members because they are experiencing a similar medical issue on a day-to-day basis. For people with depression, a support group may help sufferers feel less isolated or lonely. Support groups also may help people find ways to improve their coping skills, overcome stress, and gain a sense of empowerment. Additionally, some people enjoy support groups because it is a place where they can talk openly and honestly about their feelings and symptoms of depression.
Finding a support group is usually not very hard. For people with depression, it is important to ask a doctor for recommendations or see if a nearby hospital has a support group for anorexics. Another place to turn to is the patient advocacy group such as the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance to learn more about support groups.
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