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
Support mental / emotional health 78 49
Post-traumatic stress disorder 62 27
Substance abuse 14 0
General health 8 3
Bipolar disorder 7 8

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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 11
Mild 20
None 79

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Peer Support Group

Side effect Patients
Anxious mood 4
Reactive depression 3
Anger 2
Anticipatory anxiety 2
Irritability 2
Balance problems 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently participating in Peer Support Group

Dosage Patients
90 min weekly 9
weekly 7
1 hr weekly 2
120 min monthly 2
30 min weekly 2
60 min weekly 2
2 hr monthly 1
2,700 min yearly 1
50 min monthly 1
15 min weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Peer Support Group

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 23
Felt finished with this treatment 15
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 14
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 8
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
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 5

Stopped participating in Peer Support Group

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 35
Usually 55
Sometimes 20
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 10
Somewhat hard to take 24
A little hard to take 33
Not at all hard to take 46
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 5
$25-49 2
< $25 74
Not specified 31
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8 patient evaluations for Peer Support Group

Dec 23, 2012 (Started Sep 05, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • 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 (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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Jun 21, 2010 (Started Jun 07, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Support mental / emotional health)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 120 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: I started attending this group for Bipolar because I could not find a group for my condition. I felt very judged because of my age in the group. I feel that money that was "requested" at one meeting was not for intended purposes. A few days later the hospital confirmed this. The people attending the group had been doing so for years yet I saw no change or progression in recovery or stability.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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