Why join a support group?
Support groups have been shown to be one of the most effective tools in the treatment of mood disorders.
Support groups are unique. They offer an all-important sense of validation, a feeling that "I'm not alone, I'm not the only person with this condition, I'm in good company."
Groups offer role modeling, practical information on how to cope, education on the illness and medication, doctor referrals, friendship and camaraderie, and a safe place to unburden yourself about things you may not be able to share anywhere else.
Support groups also offer you an opportunity to share your experiences and understanding with others. No one can understand like someone who's been through it. Your experiences can make a difference in someone else's life.