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How can joining a support group help you stay connected when you have depression?

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Join a support group. Although they mean well, sometimes your family and friends may not understand what you've been through. Some may have their own beliefs about depression that can keep them from giving you the support you need.

If that's the case, think about joining a support group. That way you can meet and talk to people who've had depression and know what it's like.  These connections can help you see that you aren't alone.

Ask your doctor or therapist for the names of groups in your area or for some that meet online. Or get in touch with organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) or the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA).

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression," 2000.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Finding Peace of Mind: Treatment Strategies for Depression and Bipolar Disorder," "Healthy Lifestyles," "Helping a Friend or Family Member with Depression or Bipolar Disorder," "Psychotherapy: How It Works and How It Can Help," "Wellness at Work," "You've Just Been Diagnosed ... What Now?"

Fochtmann, L.  , Winter 2005. Focus

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on December 04, 2019

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression," 2000.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: "Finding Peace of Mind: Treatment Strategies for Depression and Bipolar Disorder," "Healthy Lifestyles," "Helping a Friend or Family Member with Depression or Bipolar Disorder," "Psychotherapy: How It Works and How It Can Help," "Wellness at Work," "You've Just Been Diagnosed ... What Now?"

Fochtmann, L.  , Winter 2005. Focus

Reviewed by Jennifer Casarella on December 04, 2019

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