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How can support groups help treat generalized anxiety disorder?

Community-based programs, like peer support groups, may help those with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Peer support groups provide those with GAD the chance to see that they are not alone. They also promote social interaction, which lessens the isolation that those with the disorder may feel.

Support groups and other educational or assistance programs may be available through community-based mental health agencies, local colleges or universities, or national, regional or provincial mental health associations. The local telephone book, newspaper(s), or Internet may also have information about programs available in the community.

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