Can A Depression Anonymous Group Really Help Me?

By Robert Porter|Updated August 17, 2022

People living with depression may experience times of pain and difficulty. Individuals with depression often live with consistent and persistent bouts of disinterest, frustration, sadness, and other negative feelings, and they may even feel as if they are isolated from the world. People going through depression also tend to retreat inside of themselves, which can exacerbate symptoms associated with depression. However, depression is a very treatable condition. This article will walk you through the ins and outs of a depression anonymous group as a way to help manage depression.

A support group dedicated to people living with depression is not uncommon, and may be beneficial for many individuals. Some people refer to these support groups as Depression Anonymous. While different from Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous because depression is not classified as an addiction, these groups are similarly structured and even have a step-based plan for members of the group to work through.

Why Support Groups Are Helpful

Depression Can Be Painful And Uncomfortable

Support groups can be helpful because those who are going through depression can realize that they aren’t alone. Depression can make you feel as if you’re strange or somehow broken. Being able to see that there are so many others who have the same struggles can be very eye-opening. People often realize how common depression is, and can receive support from those who are going through the same struggles.

Depression does not have one-and-done treatment. For most people, living with depression requires constant support for much of their life. Having the help of a dedicated support group can make it easier to get through the day. You can build up a rapport with other members of the group, and you can give each other the strength to keep going even when things get tough.

This type of depression support group isn’t going to be just about the people who comprise the group. Keep in mind this is a different type of treatment than group therapy because there will not be a trained therapist there. It is led by other people with depression. It is intended to be a cathartic process where you can interact with people who can understand your struggles.

What Are the Advantages of Being A Part of a Support Group?

There are many advantages to being a part of a support group. One is that you’ll have a group of people who will be able to relate to what you’re going through. Depression might feel as if it’s pulling you away from the people that you love. Those who don’t have depression might not be able to fully understand what you’re experiencing, but other people who live with depression every single day are much more likely to understand.

You’ll be able to listen to stories from other members of the group about depression and the struggles that they have had to endure. Sometimes people just need to share to get support or to get something off of their chest. Other times, people can use their stories to inspire, showing others in the group that depression can be managed effectively. It can work out very nicely due to their being people at different stages of progress in the support group.

These support groups are usually comprised of newcomers and people who have been members for quite some time. Those who have been managing and coping with their depression symptoms for longer periods can provide more strength to the newer members of the group. They will have stories that they can tell that will show that things can indeed get better. Being able to have other people to use as an example of what you want to achieve does make a difference.

Of course, another advantage of going to a support group is that you’ll be learning coping mechanisms and techniques used by others who have depression. If someone goes through a particularly tough day or a week, then they can share what happened with the group. A discussion can occur, and the group can come up with ways to deal with this situation more positively in the future.

Finally, you won’t feel nearly as lonely when support group sessions to look forward to. You’re likely going to develop a bond with many members of the group. These people may become your friends, and you’ll be able to look out for each other in various ways. Depression doesn’t have to be a lonely or isolating experience when people are coming together to help one another. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a depression anonymous group if you feel like you need some help.

Finding A Support Group

Finding a support group may be easy or difficult depending on where you live. There are online options for some of the groups so even if you are in an area where a group does not meet, you can still be a part of a support group. You can search online to find a nearby group such as online-based Depression Anonymous. Once you’ve located a support group that is close to your location, reaching out to join may be scary, but remember that the first step is often the hardest, and once you attend your first meeting it will likely get easier. You could also ask your doctor or therapist if they have a support group that they could recommend to you.

There Are Various Other Types of Support Groups as Well

There are also going to be support groups for other mental health struggles. If you’re experiencing more than just depression, then it might be beneficial to find a group that is tailored to your specific problem. For instance, there are support groups for people who are living with bipolar disorder. You’ll also find support groups for concerns such as anxiety and grief.

As referenced above, you’ll even find that there are online support groups for many other mental health needs. It’s possible that going to a traditional support group might not be easy for you to do. In this situation, turning to an online group is going to be a good answer. You’ll be able to get support from others who are experiencing the same thing. The only difference is that you won’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to do so.

If you are reading and aren’t sure if a support group is for you, but you like the idea of getting help for your depression online, you may prefer to pursue online therapy. Online counseling is readily available with platforms such as BetterHelp. It can also wind up being more cost-effective than traditional therapy methods, and you’ll always be able to reach out to a therapist if you’re having a tough time with something. The big difference between online individual therapy and group support is you will not have the support of a group, but you will have the one on one individualized care from a professional therapist.

Signing Up tor Online Therapy

Depression Can Be Painful And Uncomfortable

Signing up for online therapy is not difficult to do. You’ll be able to reach out and be connected to a therapist within 24 hours. Online therapists with BetterHelp are fully licensed, and they’re ready to help you get through your depression problems. With BetterHelp, you can communicate with your therapist in a variety of ways from exchanging messages on the platform to live phone, video, and chat sessions.

As mentioned earlier, online support groups are an option for those who need them. It’s also possible to reach out to an online therapist to seek traditional one-on-one therapy sessions. Either way, you can get the help that focuses on helping you to manage your depression symptoms more effectively than you can do on your own.

While online therapy may not be the first option that comes to mind when considering ways to manage depression, it can be quite effective. A study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that online counseling was just as effective in managing symptoms of depression as traditional therapy. The study’s authors noted that patients who attended internet-based interventions had much less depressive symptoms at the 3-month follow-up compared to individuals who only attended face-to-face therapy.

You don’t have to manage your depression on your own. You can have allies on your side that care about your well-being. Having people to turn to when depression is getting rough is important. If you choose online therapy, you can message your therapist at any time, so you can contact them even during odd hours if you need to. A therapist will be there to listen to you, and they can also provide feedback and suggestions that you can put into practice. Over time, you’re going to learn how to manage your depression symptoms. You can work toward your goals while keeping depression from negatively impacting your daily life. The first step can be to find a support group or to sign up for therapy, so don’t wait to get started if you know that this is the route that you want to take.

Depression isn’t always easy to deal with, but it’s a lot better when you don’t have to face it alone. Whether you want to sign up for a support group or if you want to have a professional therapist help you one-on-one, you’ll never have to be alone in the fight. You can also do both! Help is here for you.

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Below are commonly asked questions on this topic:

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