Handling disabilities and chronic medical conditions is tough. The challenge requires not only adjustment from patients, but also from their families. Looking for professional help is good for physical adaptation. But disability is not only physically difficult but can also be a painful, even traumatic, emotional experience.
The most difficult phase in dealing with physical disabilities or terminal illnesses is acceptance. It is very common to experience denial first. Patients in these situations tend to be very sensitive because they think no one understands what they are going through. Families and relatives also tend to have conflicting feelings and feelings. Often they are also lost on how to relate to the patient.
To facilitate the emotional stress associated with handling, it is important to join people who have gone through or undergoing the same situation. Patients find understanding between and among people under similar conditions. Families draw wisdom from other families in the same situation and find help in understanding what their family member is doing. This is where online support groups can be of great help.
As a medical resource, online support groups are excellent sources of help and support information in specific areas. Membership is usually free and open to everyone in every corner of the world. Each member is a wealth of information that may be useful to some members of the group at one point or another.
Some of the better organized online support groups have medical staff, including psychiatric professionals as advisors. They would also assign well-adjusted, happy, happy individuals who suffer from specific conditions or in different life challenges to be mentors for the new participants.
Common in online support groups are message cards and discussion boards about different topics. Webmasters usually assign experts as moderators; Some professionals actually participate in the discussions. These online communities also have chat features for real-time collaboration between members. Private messages are also often available to allow members to contact other members for private exchanges. Others also include exchange of information via open fields for other messenger facilities, alternative emails and various other offsite contact details.
Most online support groups also contain goodies with information for professionals. This may be in the form of primers or announcements about seminars and scholarships to improve their occupations and skills. They may also contain some peer counseling as practitioners in some places may have more advanced knowledge or better techniques.
As with other medical resources online, regular support groups usually provide a section for relevant news and updates. Usually this would mean updates of ongoing clinical trials for different conditions. Information for application in clinical trials is also included.
With RSS and feedback features, online support groups can join or otherwise subscribe to relevant news feeds from across the web and make it available to members as soon as the information is released. It not only promotes a supportive community environment for its members, an online support group is also a rich source of relevant information.