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Created On 8/4/13 4:38 AM
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Mimi1022
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8/4/13 4:38 AM
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I went to a psychologist who suggested I join a mental health support group. Does anyone have experience with one?

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MoMo
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8/4/13 7:16 AM
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Yes
What would you like to know?
 
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Mimi1022
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8/4/13 8:07 AM
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What was it like?
 
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8/4/13 1:01 PM
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Very helpful!
 
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Mimi1022
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8/4/13 7:53 PM
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Thanks for the input.

A few more questions if you don't mind:

1. I am worried that a support group will be a bunch of people complaining. Was this the case when you went?

2. How did you find the group? Was it a support group for a specific mental illness or just a general mental health support group? By the way I meant support group (not therapy group of this was what you were talking about)

3. In which specific ways did you find it helpful? Did it help you gain insight into your own difficulties?

Thank you again!!

-Mimi
 
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8/4/13 8:29 PM
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Oh so I'm talking about a group for people struggling with various issues its moderated by a therapist.
It helped me gain insight, it helped me learn how to interact kiddie effectively, it helped my self esteem, it helped for depression, or helped me test some of my fears and get a real sense of what others think of me (although I'm still working on that one)

It was not a bunch of people complaining -quiet the contrary


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I've had exxperiences in different group therapy situations...in and out of the hospital. The best experience I've had is DBT in a group situation since it is well moderated and very formatted. I find it keeps people from moaning and groaning about their day-to-day lives. I've also been in groups wehere I haven't been able to get a word in edgewise -- even when really important. It basically depends on the skills of the moderator/therapist and the functioning of the others in the groups. Sometimes hearing the experiences of others helps with realizing either you're not the only with a crazy life or that life isn't as bad as you think it is. The other experiences can help you build interpersonal skills that make it necessary for you to learn to speak up to be heard. I've been in groups with people with dissociative disorders and with a range of disorders (DBT, primarily) both were learning experiences. But mostly, you get more out of it when you get comfortable enough to talk and the therapist makes sure you have your time to discuss what is importnat to YOU.


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