Navigating life after a vitiligo diagnosis can be overwhelming and discouraging. When you spot new white patches every now and then, you may not know where to find emotional support, or whom to talk. Luckily, support groups can provide you a comfortable environment to learn, share stories, gain encouragement and develop long-term friendships. ‘Unite For Vitiligo’ lists out 4 benefits of joining a vitiligo support group in details.
1. Learning helpful information
Regardless of support group format, you will find many people with similar depigmentation patterns. They can offer you valuable information and tips, including what to do to stop the spread, how to communicate better with your doctor, and how you can stay stress-free about the unpredicted progression of the skin disorder. This means a vitiligo support group gives you an opportunity to:
- Expand your breadth of knowledge about vitiligo
- Develop an understanding of what to expect
- Compare notes about doctors, best practices and vitiligo home remedies
- Know emerging treatment options
2. Feeling less alone
Feeling lonely or isolated can be a vicious cycle anyone can put himself through. Finding a connection with others can help you overcome the fear of the unknown in vitiligo. It can be helpful just getting to talk with people who are in the same boat.
By expressing your feelings and sharing what you’ve learned from those unwanted stares, you may begin to feel less alone. After all, a vitiligo support group is a safe space where you can voice your thoughts and concerns without fear of judgment. Sharing should help you:
- Gain a sense of empowerment
- Improve your sense of adjustment and coping skills
- Talk openly and honestly about your feelings
- Reduce distress, depression or anxiety in vitiligo
3. Building the right attitude towards life
Positive thinking is a big part of emotional wellbeing in the chronic skin disorder. The coordinator of the group often challenge participants to get beyond their self-imposed limitations. When you see fellow support members making great strides toward a happier life, it gives you hope that living happier with vitiligo is in fact attainable. You will soon notice yourself accepting the way you are and knowing more and more about the condition so that you can help someone else with vitiligo. This will brings renewed hope for the future.
4. Understanding yourself
Often, vitiligo may contribute to an individual’s withdrawal from social events. As you work through issues and concerns in the group, you will begin to notice a reduced level of distress and discomfort about your own skin. This will help you to be aware of your social needs. It will be an immense help in developing strategies that work best to push you toward your life goals.