If you are undergoing depression, it may sometimes feel like you are fighting an enormous battle by your lonesome. It may feel difficult to open up to those around you because you feel that they will not understand the intense feelings of being miserable that you are going through. Feeling lost and lonely, even in the midst of other people, is only likely to intensify your depression.
There is no need at all to entertain such feelings. Depression is far from being an uncommon condition. An individual battling depression is not a rarity at all, especially during these times when stress abounds. There are many people who are in the same boat. Young, old, male, female, rich, poor – many are struggling with depression.
There are many depression support groups which may do you good to join. Depression is a condition which response well to confronting the reason why you are feeling this way. It does a depressed person well if he finds out the roots of his problems and how to address them. Studies show that if a person finds support in other people who are going through similar circumstances, he is likely to benefit from such interactions.
Go to the nearest clinic or hospital for recommendations. It is highly probable that they have a support group of their own or are allied with one. If you have a recommendation from a health-care organization, you have better chances of being accepted.
You can also go to your psychologist/psychiatrist for suggestions. Again, it is probable that he is associated with such an organization, or his services being tapped by such. If you feel that the time is right for you to open up to people with similar problems, you can ask him to help you find a support group that you can be a member of.
Tap the web. Many of these groups are probably already present on the net. They are likely to do this so that they can be made available to more individuals who want or need to become members. Finding out which groups are available is easy by using a search engine. You will get a lot of substantial information – making it easy for you to make a well-informed and discerning choice as to which one sounds like the most excellent choice for you.
Checks calendars published on a weekly basis in your local papers. Some groups extend open invitations to the public whenever they have meetings scheduled. They give out detailed information in newspapers. When they hold fund-raising and other charitable events, they also make the necessary announcements. It is a good idea to attend such functions. You will be able to meet the officers at the helm of the organization and discuss other details about the group and the possibility of your joining them.
There is no “best” group. It is a matter of finding a correct match. You have to judge your personal needs and objectives about joining a support group and match these with what a particular group is all about. To illustrate, if you are a manic-depressive personality, it will be a good idea to seek a group whose members’ problems run parallel to yours.
It is a good idea to get a “feel” of the group and how you feel about fitting in. People who are depressive are strongly inclined to have problems with their self-esteem. It seems sensible to find a group with whose members you feel at home with, where you fit in, maybe because of the similarity of problems or for some other reason.
Joining a group is usually part of therapy for a depressed person. You get to realize that you are not a unique or rare breed of individual; others are also having a difficult time coping. You also get to talk about your problems in a “safe and confidential” manner, with people who are also beset with similar turmoil.2016-08-24