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Supportive therapy – Online Peer Support

An often effective and overlooked aid to treating depression through therapy is by on-line peer community support groups. *One of the main symtoms of clinical depression or any other mental illness or mood disorder is the feeling of being alone as you think you are the only one in the entire world that understands what you are going through. It is often difficult for ‘Normals’ to understand the depression, telling you to “snap out of it” or “get over it”, which only serves to make the feeling of being alone even worse.

The stigma and discrimination against people who have mental illnesses keeps them from seeking help.
Mental health is as important as physical health to the overall well-being of individuals, societies and countries. Yet only a small minority of the 450 million people living with a mental or behavioral disorder is receiving treatment.
* While one in five Americans lives with a mental disorder in any given year, half of people with severe mental illnesses received no treatment in the past 12 months.
* Fear of disclosure, rejection by friends, and ultimately discrimination are just a few reasons why people with mental illnesses don’t seek help.

* Many now find therapy in on-line support through chat groups and message boards, which can offer a sense of community.
* An online peer support group allows depressed members of the community to communicate with others’ that have also suffered from depression and for the first time be able to be understood by someone that has been through the very same or simular experience.
* The effects of this are to almost immediately remove that aloneness by being involved in a caring supportive group therapy and over time many will tend to see massive benefits and a general easing of symptoms.
* While this kind of treatment will never cure depression by itself, it is a useful addition to any medication treatment or therapy they may be undergoing and can often turn them around to the extent that they can, with the help of their peers, learn to cope with their depression in everyday real life to start the healing process and recovery.

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