Patient empowerment and education can facilitate better outcomes. Increased knowledge about the symptoms and treatment of mood disorders can improve physician/patient relationships and motivate people to stick with their treatment. A group of understanding peers can provide this education in a non-threatening, accessible way.
Benefits for Clinicians Include
- improved treatment outcomes through support;
- reduced hospitalizations and acute episodes;
- empowered, motivated, educated patients; and
- natural supports to motivate activation and engagement.
Benefits for Patients Include
- confidential environment to discuss wellness strategies,
- a sense of belonging and of feeling less alone,
- connection to hopeful peers who have been there and can help, and
- real-life support between doctor visits.
DBSA’s peer-run support groups provide a safe and welcoming forum for mutual acceptance and self-discovery. Group members share coping skills and help one another understand treatment. Physicians can give patients a solid recovery foundation by referring them to area DBSA groups, or contacting DBSA to start a group. Learn more about what DBSA support groups are—and are not.
DBSA support groups are not a substitute for professional care. DBSA chapters and support groups do not endorse or recommend the use of any specific treatment or medication. For advice about specific treatment or medication, individuals should consult their physicians and/or mental health professionals.