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Local support groups for this?

I am a diagnosed schizophrenic (although not really), I have zero friends, and I’m reclusive. I recently got approved for ssdi but I was looking to see if there are support groups for my area so I could maybe meet others like me. If there is a site or any resources anyone could give, I’d appreciate it. Thanks in advance.

Do you live in the US? If you’re near a major city there should be some NAMI support groups around. There are none by me, so I just stick to this site for my group therapy.

This site has some good sources too.

http://schizophrenia.com/coping.html

Yeah, I’m on the saarda.com site… looks like ohio, kentucky, and south caroline are the closest groups to me. I’m in tennessee… Thanks, I’ll check it out.

http://www.nami.org/Local-NAMI?state=TN

Those are the ones in Tennesee.

thanks a lot . =)

In addition to support groups (which may well be very good, but are occasionally not), I will offer the following (and hope that @SzAdmin chimes in with his stuff, as well):

Piles of research show that sz pts tend to get “better” when they…

  1. Get a copy of this book and read it and have their families read it, as well.
    http://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Schizophrenia-6th-Edition-Family/dp/0062268856

  2. Get properly diagnosed by a board-certified psychopharmacologist who specializes in the psychotic disorders. One can find them at…
    https://psychiatrists.psychologytoday.com/rms/

  3. Work with that “psychiatrist” (or “p-doc”) to develop a medication formula that stabilizes their symptoms sufficiently so that they can tackle the psychotherapy that will disentangle their thinking.

  4. The best of the therapies for that currently include…
    DBT – http://behavioraltech.org/resources/whatisdbt.cfm
    MBSR – http://www.mindfullivingprograms.com/whatMBSR.php
    MBCT - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22340145
    ACT – https://contextualscience.org/act
    10 StEP – http://pairadocks.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-10-steps-of-emotion-processing.html

  5. the even newer somatic psychotherapies like…
    MBBT – https://www.newharbinger.com/blog/introduction-mind-body-bridging-i-system
    SEPT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somatic_Experiencing
    SMPT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensorimotor_psychotherapy

  6. or standard CBTs, like…
    REBT – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rational_emotive_behavior_therapy
    Schematherapy – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schema_Therapy
    Learned Optimism – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_optimism
    Standard CBT – http://www.beckinstitute.org/what-is-cognitive-behavioral-therapy/About-CBT/252/

  7. If you/she/he needs a professional intervention, tell me where you live, and I will get back to you with leads to those services.

That’s helpful info but the main cause as to why I am seeking group therapy with people with the same diagnosis as I is because of my feeling of lonliness due to the isolation. I hope to meet others that have been labelled the same by medical “professionals” because I disagree with the use of the diagnosis in general when it comes to possibly discrediting individuals and hopefully find some companionship. (If I believed in something else besides conspiracies or concealment, I probably wouldn’t be deemed schizophrenic. =P)