What is Peer Support Group?

Category: Psychotherapy

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See also: Human Growth Foundation - HGF-Adults List support group

Peer support occurs when people provide emotional or practical help to each other. It is often used to refer to activities where colleagues, members of self help organizations and others meet as equals to give each other support on a reciprocal basis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Post-traumatic stress disorder 3057 40
Complex post-traumatic stress disorder 104 1
Support mental / emotional health 102 51
Substance abuse 14 0
Bipolar disorder 11 9

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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 3
Moderate 12
Mild 20
None 93

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Peer Support Group

Side effect Patients Percentage
Anxious mood 4
Anger 2
Anticipatory anxiety 2
Empathetic 2
Irritability 2
Reactive depression 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently participating in Peer Support Group

Dosage Patients Percentage
weekly 9
monthly 2
2700 min yearly 1
50 min monthly 1
90 min monthly 1
120 min monthly 1
90 min weekly 1
120 min weekly 1
180 min weekly 1
30minutes as needed 1

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Why patients stopped taking Peer Support Group

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 22
Felt finished with this treatment 16
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 15
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 10
I didn't have enough time 9
Found another therapist or program I preferred 7
No convenient appointments available 6
Change in health plan coverage 2
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 2
Did not seem to work 2
Expense 2
Course of treatment ended 1
Doctor's advice 1
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Currently participating in Peer Support Group

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 7

Stopped participating in Peer Support Group

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 40
Usually 60
Sometimes 23
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 11
Somewhat hard to take 30
A little hard to take 39
Not at all hard to take 48
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 2
$100-199 0
$50-99 6
$25-49 2
< $25 81
Not specified 37
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9 patient evaluations for Peer Support Group

Apr 13, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for post-traumatic stress disorder)
  • Side effects
    None (for Overall)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Weekly

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 23, 2012 (Started Sep 05, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Side effects
    None (for Overall)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Weekly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 15, 2012 (Started Sep 20, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Side effects
    Severe (for Overall) (overwhelming emotions)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 2 hr Weekly
Advice & Tips: The problem with going to a support group for the mentally ill is that everyone there is crazy. :P But seriously, I had major personality conflicts with someone there who wasn't even supposed to be there, and talking to the group leader didn't help.

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