Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (cont.)
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Support Groups and Counseling
Living with the effects of JRA can be difficult. Both you and your child will sometimes feel frustrated, perhaps even angry or resentful. Sometimes it helps to have someone to talk to. A counselor or psychologist can help the child and family members deal with these negative feelings and develop positive, helpful attitudes.
Support groups also can help. Support groups consist of people in the same situation you are in. They come together to help each other and to help themselves. Support groups provide reassurance, motivation, and inspiration. They help you see that your situation is not unique, and that gives you power. They also provide practical tips on coping with your child's disease.
There are support groups for the child with JRA, for the brothers and sisters, and for the parents. Support groups meet in person, on the telephone, or on the Internet. To find a support group that works for you, ask your health care professional or contact the following organizations or look on the Internet. If you do not have access to the Internet, go to the public library.
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