MDJunction - People Helping People

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  "For my daughter. I'm bipolar with manic depression. Have PTSD and act strange...." (eligoldberg)

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rlt"MD Junction has become an absolute daily staple for me. Finding groups with people who share the same struggles as I have has made me feel connected, and knowing that I am not alone means everything to me." (rlt)

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Online Support Groups

At MDJunction, we offer several online support groups where people dealing with the same kind of medical, mental, or social challenges can openly share their personal experiences, feelings and wisdom in a mutual “comfort zone”. Online support groups we offer include the following medical, psychological, and social categories:

Support groups bring people together who face similar kinds of issues or problems. Examples of support groups include those who have similar illnesses, diseases, or chronic conditions, such as cancers and addiction. Also support groups help people with relationship problems, such as divorce and adoption, as well as those with major life changes, such as the death of a partner or child, caring for an elderly parent, divorce, or job loss.

Members of support groups typically share their own personal experiences and provide each other with helpful advice. It can be extremely therapeutic to actively communicate with others who face the same types of life challenges. Generally, support group members are not judgemental. Being negatively judged sometimes happens when an individual discusses their problems with close family members and friends. Additionally, a support group can help people feel much less isolated or alone as they make valuable “connections” with other “like-minded” people. While a support group should never replace professional medical or psychiatric care, it can be a valuable resource to assist individuals in effectively coping with their problems.

Support groups occur in a variety of different formats or settings, including in-person group discussions, telephone conversations, and online groups. Groups are often formed by non-profit organizations, advocacy groups, mental health clinics, hospitals, medical websites, and by a “lay” sufferer. Online support groups can help someone gain a sense of control or empowerment and reduce their levels of stress, depression, or anxiety by promoting open, honest sharing of personal feelings, mutual emotional support, comfort, “virtual” hugging, sharing of practical treatment information, coping strategies, personal experiences, and “success stories” by way of e-mails and Internet group discussion boards.

We're always looking to expand and open more groups. We'll be happy to hear from you if you'd like to Start your own Support Group.
Disclaimer: The information provided in MDJunction is not a replacement for medical diagnosis, treatment, or professional medical advice.
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