Aepios connects people with shared diagnoses from all over the country. Whether you’ve just started experiencing symptoms or you’ve been diagnosed for years, Aepios’ online health support groups allow you to enjoy the benefits of group support from the comfort of your own home. Let us explore some of the benefits of online health support groups here.
Gain emotional Support
One of the most obvious benefits of online health support groups is that they remind you that you are not alone. We are living in a time where we are physically more connected to people all over the world while simultaneously feeling more alone than ever.
Learning you have a new diagnosis, or caring for someone with a serious medical condition, can amplify this feeling of loneliness. You look around and see so many people who just don’t get it! You start to feel lost, depressed, even hopeless. Talking about it may make you feel more like a teacher and less like a peer. Your friends might pity you, or act like you’re dramatizing the situation. Over time, people who can’t understand your experiences may develop compassion fatigue and you might be so aware this fact that you stop sharing altogether, further amplifying those feelings of loneliness.
The reality is, there are many people going through similar circumstances and facing the same fears and challenges as you; People who can share in your experiences and truly “get it”. They want, and even need, to hear what you have to say. Sharing your story with others can help build a support system of people who can offer a fresh perspective when you’re feeling stuck, and to whom you can turn to when you need someone to lean on.
Improve Disease Outcomes
What many people haven’t realized until recently is that loneliness and social support can actually affect disease outcomes. While this has become increasingly observable since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, researchers have been researching this phenomenon for decades. Gaining the appropriate support and decreasing the amount of loneliness and depression you feel as a result of your condition can literally improve your physical health.
Another one of the benefits of online health support groups is helping others. Your story is valuable! Your story can serve as a wealth of information to people who are struggling to emotionally and psychically manage their symptoms, who feel overwhelmed with treatment options, or who are struggling to support a loved one with the same condition as you. Your experiences can serve as a resource from which others can gain strength, knowledge, hope and support.
Discover treatment options Quickly
Did you know that some hospitals focus on different treatments options than others? This can mean that it will take months for someone with a new diagnosis to learn all of the options available to them. By sharing your treatment experiences and outcomes, you can learn, and help others learn, much more about potential treatments offered all over the country in a much shorter amount of time!
Online health support groups, like anything else in life, are what you make of them. The more you share and engage with others, the more likely you are to experience the many benefits of group support. For more information see our article, Covid-19 Online Health Support Group.
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