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Support from your social network

You may not have good social support. Perhaps you avoid other people. This may be because:

  • You feel ashamed and don't want to talk to anyone.
  • Your condition makes other people wary of you. For example, if you rarely leave the house because it hurts too much to move, people might think they shouldn't bother you.
  • You feel too sad to want to talk to people.
  • You have no family and few friends where you live.

If you can improve your social support, it can help you deal with your pain. Here are some ways you can make your social support stronger:

  • Know that social support is a two-way street. You count on your social network for support, and its members also count on you. Ask them about their families, jobs, and interests. And help them when you can.
  • Know your friends' limits. You don't have to see or call your friends every day. If you're going through a rough patch, ask friends if it's okay to contact them outside of the usual boundaries.
  • Don't always complain or talk about yourself. Know when it's time to stop talking and listen or to just enjoy your friend's company.
  • Be clear when you talk with others. Ask questions to be sure you know what people want. If you ask for something, be sure you make yourself understood. Listen to what your friends have to say, and don't judge them.
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Last Updated: December 14, 2011
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