Monday, December 3, 2012

Online Support Groups

One of the best aspects of the internet is being connected to millions of people. However, a lot of people don't know the variety of ways this aspect of the internet can be beneficial. A significant way is through the use of Online Support Groups. People who are faced with health issues are inclined to want to speak about these issues with someone, but in a lot of cases they can't find the time, resources, or gain the courage they need to speak with someone. This is where the internet can become a powerful tool.

Online support groups are created and maintained for virtually any health issue, easily attainable using basic search engines. For example, having grown up with Cerebral Palsy, I found myself searching support groups quite often. Having returned numerous results, I was able to sort through and find the support groups that were the most helpful to me.

Support groups not only offer millions of options, but are extremely beneficial in the sense that one can (1) remain anonymous, (2) access these websites on their own time, and (3) connect to any number of individuals worldwide. There's no need to deal with making weekly appointments, having a limited number of local people with the same health issues, or having to expose your identity and attached health issues to other individuals.

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