A good online support community or support group can help you with virtually any health or mental health concern. A good one can give you information about your concern, help you understand your treatment options from a personal perspective, share the latest treatment research and breakthroughs, and most importantly, provide emotional support from others who are going through or have gone through something similar.
However, a bad support community can leave you with a sour taste in your mouth. In the worst case scenario, you could be hurt by a community that wasn’t designed to foster your growth. Or one day when go to visit the community, you might find yourself trying to visit a forum that no longer exists.
I believe in the power of good online support communities to help virtually anyone with a health or mental health concern — as long as you’re opened and willing to engage with others. Best of all — virtually all of them are free and cost nothing to join.