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The Importance of Support Groups

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Earlier this week, Institute staff therapist Jennifer Welbel, LPC wrote a piece for anxiety.org about the Anxiety Network, the Institute support group she runs for young adults experiencing anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) symptoms.

From her post:

Although there are support groups for OCD in the Chicago area, there were not any groups that are specific to this phase in life. As a result, I wanted to fill that void and give these individuals a place that they could connect with others close to their age.  After about six months, I realized that many of the young adults that were coming to the group also struggled with anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety, panic disorder, and social anxiety. However, by limiting our discussions to just OCD-specific topics, we were doing a disservice to our members. As a result, after a discussion with the group, I decided to expand it to include young adults that were struggling with OCD and/or anxiety disorders and, in turn, renamed the group, “The Anxiety Network.” I have found that this change has made the group feel more relevant to individuals, has increased the number of participants, and has resulted in additional referrals from therapists the community.

Read the full post on anxiety.org, and visit our website for Jennifer’s full bio or to learn more about the Anxiety Network.

 

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