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Joining A Support Group

support group tribeThere are many great reasons to join a support group.

  1. You’ll meet people who really, truly understand what bipolar feels like and how it affects your life.
  2. You will have a network of people to pose questions to.
  3. You will learn so much from the experiences of others.
  4. You won’t feel so alone.

Today I went to a Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) meeting. It’s a bit tough for me to make most meeting in my area because they are set in the evening and I don’t drive in the dark so I had to find something that takes place during the day. The local National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chapter only had evening meetings and the surrounding DBSA meetings were in the evening. So, I went this afternoon.

First of all I was about 45 minutes early. (Better early than late)! I live on the East side of Nashville, the meeting took place on the West side so I had no idea about traffic, etc. I rang up my mom once I found the meeting spot and parked and talked to her ’til I was ready to go in. I wasn’t the only new person, there were two others – which helped my anxiety. I have a hard time in crowds. Sometimes support groups can be overwhelming when you feel like everyone has known each other for ages and here you are, the “newbie.” But, that wasn’t the case.

You know what? The meeting was good. It was comfortable. It was helpful. I was with my tribe.

I encourage you to seek out a support group, even if you have to drive a bit further than ’round the block. It is important to your mental well-being to know you aren’t alone in this battle with your own mind, that others face the same, or slightly different, battle. Isolation is deadly. Find your tribe.

 

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Joining A Support Group

Elaina J. Martin


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APA Reference
Martin, E. (2015). Joining A Support Group. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 21, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/being-bipolar/2015/10/22/joining-a-support-group/

 

Last updated: 22 Oct 2015
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 22 Oct 2015
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