Mental Health Support Groups
Many people find it really helps to have the opportunity to talk to someone who understands their particular perspective. Realizing that you are not the only one who feels a certain way is very important to your overall sense of wellbeing. This realization is vital when it comes to mental health. Feeling alone and isolated is devastating to someone who has a mental illness or condition.
The vast majority of individuals who suffer from mental health issues say they also experience feelings of great shame. Even today, there is still a certain amount of stigma attached to mental illness. An online mental health support group can be an ideal setting to meet others with mental health concerns and boost one’s level of self esteem. People soon realize that there are tons of other competent individuals who suffer mental health challenges on a daily basis.
Support groups let people give as well as get help. Joining a mental health support group can give individuals a sense of empowerment and control, as well as help elevate their self-confident. The format of online support groups includes discussion forums, where you can view other people's personal experiences and submit postings concerning your own experiences and/or concerns. Social networking tends to foster a feeling of “community” where everyone can learn how to manage their mental health.Effects of Poor Mental Health on the Body
In today’s fast paced society, depression is one of the most common mental health problems suffered by individuals. It effectively wastes vast amounts of energy. Generalized mental illness symptoms have several adverse effects on the human body including:
- Appetite changes: Weight loss or weight gain.
- Poor hygiene habits: Skin and/or dental problems.
- Overall inability to perform activities of daily living.
- Substance (drugs and/or alcohol) abuse: Serious conditions or personal injuries.
- Violent behaviors: Injury.
- Weakened immune system: Increased susceptibility to infections.
- Difficulty remembering to do things: Taking required medications.
- Sexual dysfunction.
- Problems sleeping: Excessive sleep or insomnia.
At MDJunction, mental health support groups are our largest classification with approximately one hundred groups available to join. The following are just a few of the groups we have to offer:
- Agoraphobia (adult group, teen group)
- Bipolar disorder (fourteen different groups)
- Eating disorders
- Panic attacks
- Military PTSD
- Sexual abuse
- Teen depression