My psychologist suggested trying out this group while a little blinded to it. His online experience isnt vast, but my agoraphobia limits me to hospital based support groups.
I promised him I would try when my head went into that dark place to reach out. And I have. Most of the time I have found some help. I've come across some helpful people in similar situations whom I've been inspired by and will never forget.
But I'm finding im also encountering people who dont want help and when you offer advice they dont want to hear they angrily attack you. Or those who decide to take the opportunity to judge you based on limited information using psychiatric diagnoses and terminology without the knowledge or training to be able to do so and this has already set my RL therapy back immensely as I worry about these new diagnoses being thrown my way; am I seeing things my doctors have missed for years? But I'm not. Uneducated persons like to throw terms around because it seems appropriate at the time and they do not understand the impact it has on the individual, the progress they have made.
Additionally, I see an influx of new internet therapists, holistic healers, and other persons marketing mental health services using our stories and situations, using us as Guinea pigs as they try to peddle products and services and grow a career from the heartaches and depressions we suffer.
I no longer feel this is a proper forum to share pieces of my life and seek support safely, without fear of criticism, judgment, being used as a marketing statistic.
I appreciate all of you who have been so very helpful and will greatly miss reading of your progresses and success. You will always be in my heart.