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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

    I am sorry to hear you would not like to meet up but i may add that groups do not need to be boring or tedious.
    I am a stage 3 cancer hopefully survivor and up until covid i was in a cancer group.We were anything but bored yes we did discuss our different cancers but we did not dwell on things.We told jokes,made copious cups of tea and took biscuits.We played cards and the men talked football.Guests would come and give talks on diets and give mindfulness.All in all we became great friends and still phone each other from time to time.We had bus trips out,meals out,and a Christmas dinner together all of which my wife came along too.You have to use a little imagination for groups to work it is not all about what about this or that illness,they can be made a fun couple of hours,to actually take your mind off your problems and knowing the others in the group are just like you.By the way this group was formed by my local hospital and it certainly helped me along my cancer journey i hope we get together again in the future.

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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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