Support Group Information
Support Group affiliation can be one of the most helpful tools you can use. Getting together with others who suffer anxiety attack symptoms can be beneficial in many ways:
- Knowing that you are “not alone” with this problem
- Sharing experiences can lead to solutions
- Learning from others “what works” and “what doesn’t” is very helpful
- Having a network of people you can call when you need help is comforting
- Sharing books, tapes, and other materials can be very cost effective – you can build a lesson plan for your group around great “packaged” programs” that are available if you search the Web.
- Therapists and other professionals will often give free talks to a groupYou should be able to find a group in your area by looking in the local section of your newspaper under clubs, associations, meetings, etc. Sometimes, a local section will run a list of support groups or you can phone the editor of that section as they often will have that sort of information. Often, churches, local Chambers of Commerce, even City Hall can direct you to a group. You should ask you doctor or telephone a local mental health professional, as they should know where there is an active group.But what if you can’t find a group, or (as in my situation) the group you find is “geographically undesirable” – too far away! Start your own Support Group!One out of every 14 persons suffers from social anxiety disorder. That means that there are lots of folks who would benefit from a group. One of the biggest problems with social anxiety disorder is being afraid of venturing away from familiar surroundings. Many who suffer from anxiety and panic attacks do not go to meetings – especially at night or if they have to travel very far. Be sure to check out my page that tells about my experience with setting up such a group – we had great results, and you can too!A frequent complaint from some who have attended support group meetings is that they had to travel too far to attend. They said often that they wished there was a support group closer to where they lived. The answer I give them is “Why don’t you start your own group?” Here are some tips and pointers you can read about on starting your own group in your own neighborhood. Additional helpful information about conducting these meetings can be found elsewhere in this web site, too.
- A helpful word from our Sponsor:
- Another helpful tool is a little device I use to “coach” me with my breathing exercises, the BreathMinder can help others in your Support Group remember to practice and stay on program. For more information . . .