Re: anyone ever go to a support group?
Well from my experiance the way a support group is run has a lot to do with who runs it.
I went to one that was run by a Hospital and a P'Doc they were very pro SSRI's along with therapy and attending support group meetings to deal with anxiety issues.
I had tried SSRI's in the past and couldn't tolorate them.
A Benzo was the only thing that helped me.
I only went to two meetings, they did let you talk...which is really all I wanted, but after you'd talk they would always say, you need to be on an SSRI or you'll never get over this.
Maybe that's true for some people, but it wasn't true for me.
I didn't want someone telling me what I SHOULD do I wanted support.
I found another group that was run by former suffers...I LOVED it, nobody told you what to do, they just let you talk and share your story.
Yes, people talked about what had worked for them but there was never any pressure to get on a certain drug or get off of a certain drug it was just so wonderful to talk to other people who where like me.
That group was several miles from my home, so I friend of mine and I started our own support group.
When we started it, she no longer had anxiety problems but I still did.
We run it the same way as the group that was run by the other former sufferes.
I don't have anxiety problems anymore, but still go to the meetings.
It does my heart good when a new member comes and says "I feel this, or I feel that and I think I'm the only one." and then someone speaks up and says, "No you're not the only one, I've felt the same thing."
It's just one big gab session.
Nobody tells anyone what they should do, they just support each other and most of the time that's all they wanted in the first place, was to know that someone else feels like they do.
My suggestion to you would be to go to the support group, it can't hurt and if you don't like it or feel pressured to change your medication...if you're on medication...or start medication if that's not something you want to do then you don't have to go back.
If all that group does is just let you talk and get your feelings out and know that you're not the only one who suffers, it will probably a great comfort to you...at least it was for me.
Hope that helped a little...Good Luck