Depression support groups can play an important role in the treating a patient of clinical depression. There are several effective methods for treatment of depression, like anti-depressants, counseling. But support groups provide a avenue for patients to get help and encouragement and also can be used as part of treatment.
What do Depression Support groups do?
The function of depression support groups is basically to collect and distribute information on this disease. The support groups are usually associated with expert mental health professionals, who suggest the best way for treating any kind of depression. Being associated to these support groups, a depression affected person can learn about the disease and various remedies. He/she can also communicate with other depression-affected persons to discuss about their mental health condition. This discussion often helps to identify the cause behind depression or to find out various suggestions to cope up with a depressive situation.
Depression support groups may also inform members about latest clinical studies and developments on this subject. By joining these groups one can learn about new medications, treatment procedures or clinical trials in the field of depression. Thus, it becomes quite easy for the patient to find a positive direction in his life from the dark and depressed phase.
To find out the support groups available in the locality, one can search online, local newspapers or magazines. Finding a depression support group in the locality is a step towards recovery by itself. However, every one may not be that lucky to find suitable depression support group within his/her easy reach. But, then there are plenty of depression support groups available in the internet, where one can easily join, with distance being irrelevant. However, before joining any online depression support group, one should verify its credibility and reputation.
Here I have enlisted some of the reputed depression support groups:
The Depression Support Group – This online support group is dedicated to help the persons suffering with depression through various informative articles, questions and answers etc. The site also coordinates a peer-directed self-help support group, which regularly meets to discuss on relevant issues.
Depression Haven Chat and Forum – This depression support group offers 24 X 7 hours service to the sufferers. The forum of this site offers the opportunity to discuss and share personal experience with others.
Daily Strength Depression Support Group – The community center of this website, always have some topic of discussion, related to depression. It also provides various useful tips to cope up with the depressive state of mind.
The Mental Help Net Community – This community is administered by Mental Help Net and supports the depression affected persons with various useful information and related discussion.
Psych Central Depression Support Groups – A bunch of useful support groups are available at this site, which are ready to offer support for specific stage of depression. All these support groups are capable to support any depressive person, no matter in what stage of depression he/she remains.
Some of the support groups also provide links to various clinical trial projects, which can turn to be very effective in treating depression. Interested persons can also visit the following links to learn about these clinical trial projects –
- Depression Research Study (209)
- Depression Research Study - Treatment Resistant (227)
- Is the weight of DEPRESSION holding you down even with your medication? (Upland, CA)
- DEPRESSED, SAD OR UNMOTIVATED?? (Upland, CA)
- Help with Depression – Treatment centers, Clinical trials and more
- Birth Control Information and Support Groups (Planned Parenthood)
- Depression and Suicide – A Public Health Concern
- Patient Advocacy Groups for Multiple Myeloma (such as MMRF, IMF)
- Non Profit Patient Advocacy Groups for Diabetes Mellitus