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What should I ask about a support group before I join?

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Is this group open or closed?

Can people join at any time, or does everyone begin together and meet for a set period of time (for example, 12 weeks)?

How many people are in the group?

Do all the members have anxiety?

What are the rules for sharing in this group?

From: What Are Support Groups for Anxiety? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Psychological Association: “Psychotherapy: Understanding Group Therapy.” 

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Support Groups.” 

Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience: “Cognitive behavioral group therapy for anxiety: recent developments.”

National Health Service (NHS) U.K.: “Depression Support Groups.”

BJPsych Advances : “Group cognitive-behavioural therapy for anxiety and depression.”

American Addiction Centers: “Group Therapy Vs. Individual Therapy.” 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 16, 2018

SOURCES:

American Psychological Association: “Psychotherapy: Understanding Group Therapy.” 

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Support Groups.” 

Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience: “Cognitive behavioral group therapy for anxiety: recent developments.”

National Health Service (NHS) U.K.: “Depression Support Groups.”

BJPsych Advances : “Group cognitive-behavioural therapy for anxiety and depression.”

American Addiction Centers: “Group Therapy Vs. Individual Therapy.” 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 16, 2018

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