Support group not helping?


Question from Trudy Z: I've been going to a support group at my hospital for about 8 months now, but it usually just makes me feel worse, not better. Would it make more sense to see a psychologist one-on-one?
Answers - David Spiegel It might, but of course the question is why does it make you feel worse? The first thing I would do if I were you is, if you are committed to have gone for 8 months, take that up with the group. Sometimes people constrain themselves and don't get what they need from the group, and you have as much right as anyone else. I would see if you can change things. If you can, good. If you can't then maybe you want to see a psychologist or find another group.

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