I would very much like to see more talk therapy and counselling offered to patients. Some people are just suffering from loneliness and there aint no drug for that!
There are many support groups out there for just that reason. Addiction groups, depression groups, disease groups, to name a few. I will assume you are in the US. Therapists often have group sessions as well.
My local clinic has groups all the time. So do the local hospitals. There are crisis lines available nationally, and many local groups including senior centers, library reading groups. Inexpensive courses to take for crafts, computers and so forth. Churches have both bible studies and friendship clubs.
Have you tried any of these? I am sure others will add to the list. And of course you can always start a discussion with people here by asking a private question once they accept your request as a friend. That way not everything is public.
Hope some of this is helpful. Please tell me more about what you are looking for. Happy to be a friend for you. Karen
Fantastic question... sadly the list goes on. Why are chronic pain patients so often treated like drug seekers and addicts, why can so many of us not afford a good insurance policy because we are red flagged with pre existing conditions... why don't doctors spend more time with their patients... I work in health care and my answer to your question and all of mine is because our health care is poor. Anxiety, depression, pain don't add up to cancer, diabetes, chrons disease and such... they're not viewed the same nor treated the same. And as grateful as I am I don't have cancer or the other diseases I addressed, I have sadness, lonliness, guilt which all equate to depression due to my disease which is fibromyalgia and chronic pain... just as real to me as if it were diabetes.
I agree with endlessPred that there are support groups, but some people can't leave the house, and a therapist may not take insurance, so despite there being some resources, they may not work for us. That's specifically why I joined this site. To find people just like me, maybe worse than me and some better off than me. I feel I can ask anything, have immediately bonded with a few amazing women that I feel like I could email privately anytime I was down or having a rough go at it.
Working in health care you see what I consider sub par, but for the most part, this site has exceeded my expectations. Just reach out. There are so many members on here that can brighten your day, validate your pain and hardships and tell you to quit carrying around guilt.
I hope that helped. I happen to be extremely down, in tears for the last hour so sorry if I went off on a tangent, but I'd never go to a fibro support group and that was coming straight from my pain doc, he said unless you find a good one where people are experiencing recovery you're wasting your time. But that's just one opinion. I'm anonymous on here, I can post 24/7, and that's what makes it so great, plus the people who respond.
Best of luck! If you reach out, you'll find someone you click with and you'll start receiving support!!!
I'd like to add to the answers already given that I believe you need to reach out yourself & ASK for help. It's often hard for a person to do this, but usually once asked, your doctor will or should be more than willing to get you the therapy you want or need. If not, then I'd be ooking for a new doc! Insurance of course figures in too. Ours is great! My hubby sees a psychiatrist every 6 weeks & more often if needed. If you have insurance, check the back of your card. They usually have a number for behavior health written on there as it usually has to be pre-approved, or have your doctor call them if you feel the need for therapy or talking to a therapist. As hard as it is, we have to take some responsibility for our own actions & be proactive about our own health & problems. Free services for addiction, & famlies of addictiona are there as explained in other answers.ie; AA, NA etc...
If you have no insurance, most mental health facilities go on a sliding scale by income. As I said before, we have to be willing to help ourselves & those we love accordingly. If you have a family member in crisis, a quick call to a hotline or your insurance hotlineis all that it takes. Been there, done that too!They actually have counselors talk to the person calling & the person in crises, & decide the best course of action.If suicidal, they usually have an ambulance come or have you take the person to the ER. Just some thoughts... Mary
You won't find insurance who will pay for a therapist because you're lonely. They'll give you a huge argument. Support groups can help with this problem, and that's free. I am pretty isolated because of my illness, I just withdraw because I'm tired of explaining myself. My company most days is my computer and this web site, and my little dogs. They are great listeners and they always love you.
I have found SO much support, love, caring, ways to vent my distress and fears, etc. through a 12-Step group. I go to Overeaters Anonymous and they also have telephone, online and Skype meetings, so even if I can't get out I can go to a meeting and meet people from all over the world who understand me and my trust (PTSD) issues. I even belong to a message board support group that is for people who compulsively overeat and have chronic illness. There I can vent all I want - and so much healing is going on there - all for free! At the most, day or night, I can go to a telephone OA meeting every 3-4 hours. There's a lot of free options out there - but sometimes when you are depressed you can't see what's there. I know. I think we all have to be really aware of people around us and help - find out who they are and what they need. It could be us. I know I've welcomed that outstretched hand! - ElizaJane
Hello SDK, I see this question continues to generate interest. As others have mentioned, self-help groups are truly beneficial for regaining/maintaining emotional health over the long haul. Although I have always been fortunate enough to afford private therapy, I have attended a few 12 Step Meetings along the way. I have been truly AMAZED at the wisdom that comes fom the hearts and mouths of everyday people in these meetings.
I hope you can find some support groups in your area. I suspect that because of your own unique experience, you'll be making a big contribution to others as well.
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You are so right. Young and Old. My mom has been in nursing home for a week now and the longliness is awful for her. We are then as often as we can and yesterday, she said i am so lonely. I know they are old, and, even if they didn't quite understand the talk therapy, it would diffently help them for the moment and help them get thru it. My daughter was there w/her last night. Moma knew her and then she didn't know her. But, she said, stay w/me until I fall asleep. My daughter laid her head on her chest and rubbed her cheek. It help her fall asleep. I don't know if they have this in N Home's or not, but i am going to ck.
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