Support systems

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Why support systems exist.

Support systems exist in our society in a wide variety of forms. These support systems are out in place so that people who have to deal with struggles that have manifested in their lives or perhaps those who were born with a mental disability. By using these systems, the person(s) can eventually cope with their problem and likely function in the real world successfully.

Visiting a Psychiatrist

In the case where the individual in question is noticeably changes, suffering from a mental illness or addiction, the best option is to visit a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist, being a professional, is well trained in how to help a person(s) deal with what's happening and help them create a plan so they can deal with their problem in the best way possible.


The psychiatrist being a professional is the key part of counselling. Being able to identify a problem and work out the best way to deal with it is one reason counselling is a common approach.

Friends and/or family

Sometimes a change in someones life is not so extreme as to scar someone. Sometimes the change (such as moving or a family member dying) can simply give a feeling of isolation and make the affected individual depressed (even if not suffering from depression). In this case, the comfort of family or friends can help a person go through this change in their life, giving them a shoulder to cry on or welcoming arms to hug.

Group Counselling

Sometimes, even if the individual is notably scarred (or, as is often in this scenario, addicted), one choice the person(s) make is to participate in group counselling. Group counselling puts the person(s) with a group of other individuals (although often accompanied by a therapist) who suffer the same issue as the person(s) in question.


Group counselling is often taking so that the person(s) is with people who are in the same situation. This allows the person(s) to feel more comfortable and often feel less isolated (which often happens to someone after a traumatic experience), which often leads to opening up more and the problem going away quicker.