5 signs a psoriasis support group is right for you
If you're interested in joining a psoriasis support group, look for one that welcomes new members and makes you feel comfortable sharing.
Psoriasis support groups provide a great opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with people who know exactly what you're going through.
At their best, support groups provide a sense of belonging where you can make new friends and learn new ways of coping with psoriasis. At their worst, support groups become a spiral of negativity or a competitive comparison of whose condition is worse.
If you're interested in joining a support group for people with psoriasis, here are some signs that a group is more likely to be helpful:
- The group welcomes new members. When you first join a support group, you should feel like you're welcomed and encouraged to participate.
- The discussion is positive. The conversation should be encouraging and the focus should be positive. Everyone has bad days and members should feel comfortable sharing that, too. But the responses should focus on finding solutions, rather than only commiserating or griping.
- A moderator is in charge. Someone should be in charge of keeping the group on topic. A moderator can help keep out inappropriate behavior and comments.
- You feel comfortable sharing. You'll get the most from a support group if you feel comfortable sharing your own experiences. If you don't feel comfortable sharing your thoughts and feelings, this may be a sign that the group isn't the right one for you.
- The format works for you. Find a group that works best for your schedule. If the group meets in person, make sure you'll be able to attend regularly so that you can get to know the other members better. An online support group allows you to participate when it's convenient for you. But the anonymity of an online group might create more opportunity for disruption and inappropriate behavior.
If you're interested in joining a psoriasis support group, ask at your doctor's office about groups in your area. If you're interested in connecting with others online, the National Psoriasis Foundation sponsors an online support community for people with psoriasis.
Oct. 01, 2020
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