by Dr. Craig April, Director of The April Center for Anxiety Attack Management - Los Angeles
Anxiety support groups can be incredibly beneficial.
One of the main benefits is the opportunity to connect with others who share similar symptoms and experiences. This is not to be taken lightly for one considering participation in any anxiety support groups.
Anxiety can be a very lonely experience for the anxiety sufferer. I have heard the following quotes from so many that I have treated at my center:
"No one understands"
"They think I can just get over it, but if I knew how to I would have by now"
"He (or she) thinks it's all in my head and that I'm making it up"
"He (or she) thinks I'm weak"
. . . The list goes on and on.
Anxiety support groups give the gift of talking to others who truly understand. And then there is the support and encouragement received as individuals of the group make great leaps in progress. Not only is the experience supportive, but others are inspired to face more of their anxiety as they learn skills and strategies.
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