Support groups are organizations of people who share a common disorder, like depression or anxiety, and who meet together to discuss their experiences, share ideas, and provide emotional support for one another. We conduct Support groups for Depression, Anxiety, and Substance Abuse.
Benefits of Support Groups
Probably the biggest advantage of support groups is helping a patient realize that he or she is not alone -- that there are other people who have the same problems. This is often a revelation and a huge relief to the person.
Being in a support group can also help you develop new skills to relate to others. In addition, the members of the group who have the same problems can support each other and may suggest new ways of dealing with a particular problem.
What to Expect in a Support Group
Support groups vary, but the basic format is a small group of people (maybe no more than 10) meet on a regular basis to discuss their experiences and provide mutual support. Unlike formal group therapy, the meeting is often led by a lay person or group member with some training in facilitating group discussions. The group leader may act as a moderator.
Am I a Candidate for a Support Group?
Support groups can help anyone who is in need of emotional support for a particular problem like anxiety,addiction, or depression, 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 individual or group therapy or professional counseling.