Internet (Online) Support Groups
Online support groups are convenient and easy to join. It may also be easier to find an online support group of people who are like you in addition to having the same disease you do.
Research suggests that online support groups can be as beneficial as in person support groups.
If you join, you can be anonymous. Still, reasonable precautions are in order.
Standard advice is to give an online support group a two week trial period because it takes time to get used to participating in a support group, to get a real understanding of what the group discusses, and to get used to a written conversation. Also keep in mind that according to Mitch Golant, Senior Vice President of research and training at the Cancer Support Community: "Online, the way you connect is by self-disclosure. Just by talking about yoruself and sharing and having others listen has a tremendous impace on your quality of life."
The other sections of this article provide information about:
- How Internet Support Groups Work
- Internet Support Groups Compared To In Person Support Groups
- What To Do Before You Join An Online Support Group
- How To Find Online Support Groups