Jan 12, 2018

You’re Not Alone! Why Arthritis Support Groups are Important

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Support groups can be beneficial to many people living with chronic diseases such as arthritis. Studies have proven that arthritis support groups can improve moods, provide coping skills, reduce pain, and provide a reprieve from negative emotions. While it may be difficult to admit we need support, it is important that people who suffer from arthritis surround themselves with a strong community. We all need to feel a sense of belonging and support, but for someone with arthritis it is essential for effective management. There are several types of support groups to choose from, but its crucial you find the best one for you.

Types of support groups.

There are many different support groups out there, and not all are created equal. Be sure to research and find the type that best fits your needs and personality.

  • Group therapy is the most common type of support group. It will generally have a qualified director, include some discussion, and help teach coping skills and techniques.
  • Peer therapy is also a very common style. It has a casual atmosphere and is led by another patient. Its format focuses on sharing experiences and learning from others.
  • An educational support group will feature an expert in the field. It includes an informative presentation followed by a question and answer session.
  • In today’s busy world, many people find online support groups to be the most effective means of managing their mindsets. They can be found anywhere online including message boards, websites, chat rooms, and Facebook pages.

Finding a support group.

To find a support group near you, check out this list of local support groups from Arthritis.org’s Arthritis Introspective team. Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior is also a great resource for arthritis sufferers; this valuable blog includes helpful tips, advice and details on support groups around the country.

Having support from your peers is great, but don’t forget about your doctor. Support and education provided by your arthritis doctor is always your best resource. If you have any questions on your health or need support group information call the team at Carolina Arthritis today!