Anxiety Support Groups - What Good Are They?

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Anxiety support groups are a huge help for overcoming anxiety. Your own efforts are another big component of overcoming anxiety to find a way to participate in society and overcome your loneliness.

One simple method which may work for you is to say, “Cancel, cancel, Erase, erase, Delete, delete” silently to yourself and banish the negative thoughts. However, there are many other things you can do.

Taking deep breaths, ...

...counting to a particular number slowly and back down to zero, talking it over with a friend all help to manage anxiety.

Anxiety support groups ...

...are generally considered to be an adjunct to treatment and should not be used as a replacement for treatment.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) provides a list of 150 support groups.

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To use the search function, leave the Group Name or Support Topic blank and choose the name of the State from the drop down list, and click on Submit. That will get you the list of support groups in the State for which you searched. There are support groups for supporting agoraphobia, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), PTSD, Social Anxiety and a few others.

While you are at the site, explore the menu items and sub-menu items at the top of the page. In particular, look for 'Discover tips to manage anxiety and stress' under Living And Thriving\Managing Anxiety.   

DailyStrength...

...has a support group in the form of a forum which is completely online. You can access it from anywhere you have internet. Just type dailystrength.org/c/Anxiety/support-group in the address bar of your browser and press the enter key. On that forum you simply get support from real people who are suffering from anxiety. At times a person may say something in the forums that might be a great help to you but it is not professional help.

PsychCentral...

... has a list of about 60 support groups at psychcentral.com/resources/Anxiety_and_Panic/Support_Groups/ . Some of these groups are completely online and some of them meet off-line. When participating in an off-line group you get an opportunity to share your experience with anxiety in a group of people who are not likely to judge you. You also get to listen to the experience of others with anxiety. If you need social anxiety support you may find it harder to participate in off-line groups but if you keep attending the meetings you are quite likely to eventually break through your social anxiety and start participating in the group.

In conclusion, ...

...anxiety support groups are a great complement to the treatment of anxiety or social anxiety. You can participate off-line or online.



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