Some of the 20 million individuals in the United States with mood disorders
avoid face-to-face support groups in their communities—an activity that
could play a helpful role in their recovery—because they feel anxiety
in social situations, or fear discrimination if employers or others learn
about their difficulties. But in recent years, individuals with depression,
bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders have turned to cyberspace, in the
form of Internet support groups (ISGs), as a safe place to bring their concerns.
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