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Medical News and Perspectives
June 18, 2003

Online Empathy for Mood Disorders

JAMA. 2003;289(23):3073-3077. doi:10.1001/jama.289.23.3073

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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