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    why no groups for h/a sufferers

    As this excellent site shows there are thousands of us out there,so why are there no groups that i know of in the UK.We all admit to being lonely with h/a,i myself do not know of anyone like me and i would love to talk face to face with someone like me.
    I once tried putting posters up about anxiety and h/a,and did not get one reply.Whether people were too shy to reply,or did not want others to know, i do not know?However reading the harrowing stories on here,i feel sure that some would love to talk to others,after all a/a have groups.
    People who do not have h/a simply do not understand what we go through day on day year on year.Do any people on here agree they would like to talk to others who fully understand what they are saying and not a lot of gobble de gook.
    My best wishes to all on here.

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    Re: why no groups for h/a sufferers

    Do you mean a face to face group or an online one?
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    Re: why no groups for h/a sufferers

    Hi Nicola,
    what i mean is even before covid when face to face meetings were possible there were still no groups.I say this because i have read that meetings of H/A sufferers in America proved to be beneficial.At the moment here it seems only a group of six would be able to meet face to face.Being a hypochondriac to use the old term can be a lonely place i have tried cbt,hypnotherapy,accupunture and psychotherapy my psychotherapist was good to talk to but i never thought she fully understood about H/A.Your wonderful site is the closest thing for any of us to get our message over as to how we really feel.So that is why i put the question out there to get an impression on how others would feel about meeting other H/Aers.
    Best wishes to all.

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    Re: why no groups for h/a sufferers

    What benefit do you think you'll get talking about HA year after year? Surely it's much better to focus on recovery?

    HA is just another form of anxiety, it's something you can get ahead of and recover from.

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    Re: why no groups for h/a sufferers

    Honestly as an HA sufferer I couldn’t think of anything worse than meeting lots of others face to face.

    But there are lots of mental health groups that meet up - especially for walking. Have a look if there’s one in your area, and if there isn’t you could create one maybe.


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    Re: why no groups for h/a sufferers

    Quote Originally Posted by Scass View Post
    Honestly as an HA sufferer I couldn’t think of anything worse than meeting lots of others face to face.
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    Me too, Scass. I mean, I'd like to meet you and some of the other people here, but in general there's nothing so boring as people who talk about their imaginary illnesses.
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    Re: why no groups for h/a sufferers

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueIris View Post
    Me too, Scass. I mean, I'd like to meet you and some of the other people here, but in general there's nothing so boring as people who talk about their imaginary illnesses.
    Exactly. Plus half the group would be terrified they’d catch something off the other half.


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    Re: why no groups for h/a sufferers

    Sorry to derail, but once I'm back from work I'll DM you a story about a colleague on my team who suffers from competitive HA. It was genuinely one of the highlights of my week.

    Note to OP: I try to deal with my anxiety by laughing at it, I'm not trying to deny the upset it causes all of us.
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    Re: why no groups for h/a sufferers

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueIris View Post
    Sorry to derail, but once I'm back from work I'll DM you a story about a colleague on my team who suffers from competitive HA. It was genuinely one of the highlights of my week.

    Note to OP: I try to deal with my anxiety by laughing at it, I'm not trying to deny the upset it causes all of us.
    Ooh I look forward to it!


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    Re: why no groups for h/a sufferers

    I hope you do scass just because you join a group does not mean you have to go to every meeting.Of course you can drop in or out whenever you wish.Some did it made no difference if they came back at any time because they were struggling with cancer treatment we were there to help.No one was forced to attend all meetings that would not work in any group,same as H/A you may not always need help, but when you do it is good to know help is there if you want it,is it not?

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