I have depression and GAD. I am high functioning and work hard to maintain my function in normal society on a daily basis. I have never .reached out to a support group for help.. At present I am feeling a strong need to talk to people who deal with GAD and depression constantly as I do.. I already am on medicine (for years) and see a counselor and a psychiatrist for treatment. I just feel a need to talk to regular people who have issues similar to my own. I just wonder if this really helps. Any comments would be appreciated.
It does help a little. At least in my opinion. You accept the illness better I think. You understand it better I think. You see normal successful typical people that have it and it makes you say hey this isn't that bad and I'm not really the only one. Sometimes I felt like I was a psycho or crazy person. But when I saw others w GAD then I looked at them and didn't think those things at all.
It is important to get out there and live your life as best as you can, I however don't personally agree that in-person group sessions have helped. In WA we have to fill out a form and that total # is your level of tolerance with your depression and anxiety, I tell ya, it just didn't seem an appropriate fit for some to call out they were at a 4 and smiling away while I was embarrassed and teary-eyed with a #16. I took the same group therapy session online through my insurance and as odd as it sounds, I felt like I was taken far more seriously and listened to so much that it was a pleasure to learn and possess empathy for other folks with different symptoms and conditions.
This site has been great for me, I can paruse any topic, question, dx, med, anything that I have an interest in. I hope you'll be just as satisfied!
Also, YouTube is also a great way to get to know visually how another deals with similarities and professionals give worthwbile lectures on there as well.
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