People dealing with a medical condition or life crisis might feel like they
are suffering alone. As support groups expand on the Internet, individuals have
many more options. The Web connects individuals facing similar
situations around the globe.
With the plethora of support groups available, it is important to select one
carefully. Some are started by caring individuals and others are hosted by
recognized national organizations. Look for the credentials of the person
monitoring or facilitating the group. A professional or highly skilled
layperson can screen out problems and refer those who may need crisis
intervention or therapy.
Here are a few sites to get you started:
Allows people with medical conditions and personal problems to share their
experiences on bulletin boards and chat rooms. The site provides links to
hundreds of online support groups.
A resource for patients, caregivers and family coping with diseases,
disorders or chronic illnesses. It offers informative articles, chat rooms
and message boards.