Finding Thyroid Support and Support Groups Online

If you have a chronic health condition like thyroid disease, an online support group may be especially helpful to you as part of your journey to wellness. 

Online support groups have a number of benefits:

  • Emotional support
  • Social support
  • Acccess to more information
  • A better understanding of your health condition
  • Great confidence and sense of control with medical professionals
  • Ability to discuss difficult or embarrassing topics
  • Accessibility to others without physical demands
  • Unlimited number of connections, including around the world
  • Ability to draw from a wider variety of perspectives

You'll find a great deal of information about thyroid disease here at the thyroid site, as well as at locations and sites all over the Web. Sorting through all the information and options can quickly become overwhelming, especially if you are new to thyroid disease.

Some thyroid patients -- whether newly diagnosed, or long-term patients -- find that participating in an online support group is an important part of the overall approach to wellness. Online, you'll find a number of thyroid support group and listservs, where information and experiences are shared among patients.

At online support groups, thyroid patients compare notes on doctors, talk about tests and treatments, discuss their medications, compare symptoms, offer their own experiences, and solutions, and more.

Many experienced patients also volunteer in these support venues, helping their fellow thyroid patients who are having a difficult time finding answers to questions, or who are feeling alone in their search for information and solutions.

Online support groups also allow members a much-needed opportunity to vent their frustrations, and to give – and get in return -- information, support and compassionate understanding.

If you're interested in giving and receiving thyroid support online, there are a number of places you can start.

First, I invite you to join my Facebook Thyroid Support group. We have more than 100,000 "fans," but don't let that daunt you. There is a smaller number of regular who participate, share and contribute, and you'll get to known them. At Facebook, you can post a question, and get responses from other thyroid patients, input from me, or share your own thoughts and ideas in response to posts started by other support group members.

We also have a Thyroid Diet Support group at Facebook, where you can talk about everything related to diet, nutrition, weight loss, metabolism, exercise, and fitness. 


Some people prefer a listserv format for support, in which case, you might want to join one or more of the following groups:

Looking for In-Person Support?

In-person, community support can be helpful for some patients instead of -- or in addition to -- online support. Find out more in the article: How to Start Your Own Community Thyroid Support Group.

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