When you have a long-term health problem, you may feel alone, confused, or scared. But you are not alone. Other people are going through the same thing you are and know how you feel.
Talking with others about your feelings can help you feel better.
Your family and friends can give you support. So can your doctor, a support group, or a church. If you have a support network, you will not feel as alone. You will learn new ways to deal with your situation, and you may try harder to overcome it.
Look for a support group that works for you. Ask yourself if you prefer structure and would like a group leader, or if you would like a less formal group. Do you prefer face-to-face meetings, or do you feel more secure in Internet chat rooms or forums?
A supportive relationship includes emotional support such as love, trust, and understanding, as well as advice and concrete help, such as help managing your time.
Reach out to others
Family and friends can help you. Ask them to:
Respect your relationships
A good relationship is also a two-way street. You count on help from others, but they also count on you.
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Current as of: July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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