Benefits of Asthma Support Groups
The camaraderie that comes in a support group can provide you the support and encouragement you need to cope with asthma.
A support group is beneficial for when anxiety and fears surrounding asthma is overwhelming and you would prefer to talk to people who have faced similar situations. Or if you're facing financial concerns due to reduced productivity caused by asthma, coupled with the high medical expenses you've been racking up, and need help to get through this difficult period. You could also have a child with asthma and connecting with other parents to find out how they help their child navigate school and sports successfully can be therapeutic.
Regardless of your situation, finding a group of people who have faced similar circumstances is an important way to help you cope with your condition.
How to Find Support Groups for Asthma
To locate a support group that best fits for your needs, ask your doctor or contact a local hospital to see if they offer any recommendations. You can also do a search online to access support groups run by local groups or national organizations.
Here are a few examples:
- The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) hosts adult support groups around the country that are led by a medical advisor who provide educational information and tips for managing your condition. This can also be a great way to keep up with the latest research. And if you have an asthmatic child, look for AAFA's parent support groups to connect with others going through similar challenges with their children.
- If food allergies are a concern, the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network's (FAAN) support groups are worth considering.
Starting Your Own Support Group
When you can't find an appropriate asthma support group to join, start your own group. Local doctors and hospitals in your area can help you connect with other patients who could also benefit from some mutual support.
You can also take advantage of the many online support groups and message boards. This can be a valuable way to share information and can remind you that you're not alone.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). "Educational Support Groups." Web. 9 Feb 2012.
The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN). "Support Groups." 7 Dec. 2011. Web. 20 Feb. 2012.
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