What is Peer Support Group?

Category: Psychotherapy

Most popular types: Al-Anon Celebrate Recovery Program Overeaters Anonymous Show all

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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 71 44
Post-traumatic stress disorder 34 15
Mood 29 12
Substance abuse 14 0
General health 8 3
Bipolar Disorder 7 6

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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 7
Mild 15
None 69

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Peer Support Group

Side effect Patients
Irritability 2
Reactive Depression 2
Anger 1
Anticipatory anxiety 1
Anxious mood 1
Balance problems 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently participating in Peer Support Group

Dosage Patients
90 min weekly 5
1 hr weekly 3
90 min monthly 3
120 min monthly 3
60 min weekly 2
50 min monthly 1
900 min yearly 1
30 min weekly 1
240 min monthly 1
weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Peer Support Group

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 18
Felt finished with this treatment 16
This type of therapy or counseling didn't seem to help 12
This particular therapist or program didn't seem to help 8
Found another therapist or program I preferred 6
I didn't have enough time 6
No convenient appointments available 6
Did not seem to work 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Completed the number of sessions covered by my insurance 1
Course of treatment ended 1
Doctor's advice 1
Expense 1
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Currently participating in Peer Support Group

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 5

Stopped participating in Peer Support Group

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 17
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 29
Usually 46
Sometimes 15
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 27
Not at all hard to take 42
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 5
$25-49 2
< $25 60
Not specified 25
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8 patient evaluations for Peer Support Group

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LittleBean
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LittleBean
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 0
Mania: 0
Emotional: 0
Anxiety: 0
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Low
32 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

See LittleBean's full Peer Support Group history

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
Alie
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I have:
Fibromyalgia

See Alie's full Peer Support Group history

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.

  • 0 helpful marks
FataleNoir
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FataleNoir
Gender: F
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 2
Emotional: 4
Anxiety: 4
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Overwhelming
30 F
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: vg
I have:
Phobia

See FataleNoir's full Peer Support Group history

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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