Dealing with a chronic condition, emotional problem, or other difficult situation can be extraordinary challenging. Life is stressful in general, but if you are living through a crisis—whether it is your own or a loved one’s—it’s easy to feel isolated. Common everyday tasks can become overwhelming and it might seem like no one else understands what you’re going through. It is important to realize that a support group may offer you the emotional support and essential resources you need during this difficult time.
What Are They
A support group is a group of people that have a particular “problematic” characteristic in common, such as living with cancer, going through a divorce, or taking care of a terminally ill family member. Support groups, which are sometimes called self-help groups, give members the opportunity to share their personal experiences and relate to one another in a non-judgmental atmosphere. They usually involve regular meetings where members can get together for support, empathy, and encouragement.
How They Help
Support groups provide emotional support, which can have a positive impact on your health by reducing your stress levels. They also offer a social situation and allow members to become acquaintances—for some people, it’s difficult to socialize with people that don’t understand what they are going thorough.
Find a Support Group
If you are interested in joining a support group, the National Institutes of Health provides information and resources regarding organizations related to specific diseases and conditions. This directory may help you locate a self-help group in your area.
Denton Regional Medical Center offers several support groups for both patients and visitors. These groups include Alzheimer Caregivers, I CAN COPE Education Class for Women Facing Cancer, and the Brain Injury Support Group. Find more information about Denton Regional Medical Center Support Groups online or on contact us online here.