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 ...
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.
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.
...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.
... 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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