Extra Support for Diabetics: Online Support Groups
The benefits of social support on physical and mental well-being have been widely documented by psychologists at UCLA, the University of Minnesota, and many other institutions.
Support groups provide a valuable resource for social support, but not everyone feels comfortable in a public group setting. For some people, online support groups provide much needed social support.
Benefits of Support Groups
Support groups are great for those with diabetes, or whose loved ones have diabetes, because struggling with this condition can be challenging at best. Support groups provide a forum for people suffering from the same ailments to share personal experiences and offer emotional, moral and practical support.
Participants in diabetes support groups understand the inherent difficulties in managing blood sugar levels, insulin injections and diabetic diets. People feel less isolated and judged while participating in a platform where they can discuss their feelings and anxieties.
You may develop a clearer sense of what to expect with your situation by comparing notes with others. People can share basic management skills such as how to count carbs and successfully administer insulin injections. This exchange of ideas gives a great sense of empowerment and control over your diabetes!
Why Online Support Groups?
Online support groups, like the diabetes group on SupportGroups.com, are convenient for people who may not have the time or the means to attend in-person group therapy sessions.
Online support groups also work well for people who may feel uncomfortable discussing their condition and their feelings about it in front of a group of strangers. It’s easier to be honest and open about your experiences in an online setting. With diabetes, it’s polite to keep all personal information confidential so that others continue to feel safe sharing personal stories.
Things to Keep in Mind
Online support groups differ from group therapy in that they are not guided by a trained mental health professional. Online support groups provide a safe forum for sharing tips, thoughts and experiences in order to receive support and a greater knowledge of coping skills.
Sources: WebMD, Mayo Clinic