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"Support Groups"

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Created: October 12, 2006

Definition:

A support group is not a therapy group. A support group is an often organized group of individuals who share a common experience. The may meet weekly or less often, such as monthly or quarterly.

These groups are not generally run by a therapist, and often are simply facilitated by a member of the group. The focus is on supportive communication and meeting, by not on resolution of the deeper issues.

Support groups can be very positive experiences. However it is possible that deeper issues may be triggered, especially for those with Borderline Personality Disorder. It is therefore important that involvement in support groups be discussed with a trained therapist.

Some familiar support groups include Alcoholics Anonymous, and Overeaters Anonymous.

Also Known As: 12 Step Programs

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