David Spiegel, M.D., professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and director of the Center for Stress and Health at Stanford University School of Medicine, published a landmark study on the effect of psychosocial treatment on patients with metastic breast cancer. I read about it in an interview with him in Bill Moyers' book: Healing and The Mind.
The result can best be summarized by the following statement by Bill Moyers. "When I read about your study, it just seemed so commonsensical that people who get their feelings in the open, who have the support of loving friends and family, who are able to distract themselves from pain, and who know they're not unique in suffering or alone in dying are going to be happier and more hopeful, and therefore better able to cope with disease."
My question is this: Other than "virtually," have any of you ever been in a bipolar support group that helped you?