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Support groups provide people with the opportunity to form a community based on their shared experiences and issues. In need of advice or encouragement, people can find refuge in support groups.
Many institutions, including UCLA and the University of Minnesota, have discovered that social support can be the key to physical and mental well-being.
Online support groups in particular provide a convenient and valuable setting for people with mental health-related issues to come together and help each other through those tough times.
Support groups can provide a much-needed outlet for people living with mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, or schizophrenia, as well as their loved ones. The physical and mental stress that these disorders cause can lead to feeling overwhelmed and isolated. Thus, it is essential that these people can connect with others and assure one another that they are not alone in their struggles.
By communicating with people in a similar situation, people with mental disorders can discover coping strategies and share their own stories. Learning from other people's experiences can also help you navigate the often confusing process of choosing a doctor or therapist. Having a platform to discuss issues and concerns, as well as hear other people's struggles, can help people feel more empowered when it comes to these disorders.
Online support groups, such as the Depression forum, the Anxiety forum, and the Schizophrenia forum on SupportGroups.com, give people a convenient and safe venue to express their feelings. Instead of having to wait until a support group meets in person, someone can log on to SupportGroups.com and post a question or story whenever he or she feels the need.
Online support groups are especially valuable for people who do not feel comfortable sharing intimate details of their experiences in front of a group of strangers. Instead, people have the power to choose their level of anonymity online while still receiving the support and encouragement they need. In fact, confidentiality is highly encouraged in these support groups. This allows for an open and honest discussion which can benefit all members of the group.
Online support groups differ from group therapy in that they are not guided by a trained mental health provider. Support groups merely provide a safe forum for sharing tips, thoughts, and experiences and to receive support and a greater knowledge of coping skills.
Sources: Mayo Clinic, WebMD
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