Have you or someone you know ever wanted or know about support groups? What are they and how may it help change my life or lives for many people who may face a specific problem they want to share to get a sense of help?
Support groups are various organizations of people who share a common disorder, who are in need of guidance like in depression or anxiety, and who meet together to discuss their experiences, share ideas, and provide emotional support for one another.
Usually a support group is led by a member who has had some training in these kinds of group discussions. They are usually not led by a professional therapist, but the good thing is they can be a helpful way to assist with self-help treatment.
The truth is one of the biggest advantage of support groups is helping a person to realize that he or she is not alone. They remind them that there are other people who have the same problems. This first helps by giving them a sense of relief.
Being in a support group can also helps relate to others and even making new friends at the same time.
It is very normal, but when joining a support group, you may be uncomfortable at first when it comes time to discuss problems in front of others because you do not know them right away, up front. However, the fact that others are facing the same type of situation may help you open up and discuss your feelings. In addition, everything that takes place within the support group are encouraged and should be kept in private, just within your group because, remember, they are all there to help.
Many support groups vary. The basic format of these groups is a small group of people (maybe no more than 10 to 15) meet on a regular basis, like once a week or sometimes two times per week to discuss their experiences and provide shared support.
Remember, support groups can help anyone who is in need of emotional support for a particular problem like an addiction (like with alcohol or drugs), or depression, of some sort, especially for people who may feel isolated or feel that other people in their lives don’t fully understand the kinds of problems they may be struggling with. Support groups are not a substitute for just one person or professional counseling. They all are geared to share a common goal of seeking emotional support to be there for one another.
If you, or anyone you know that may be in need for a support group, in your area, look into it and join one today.