Our expert says:
The person who OUGHT to know whether there are relevant support groups should be the doctors making those diagnoses ; maybe some of their staff. In SA we really need to develop far more support groups --- sadly we see relatively few developed by people with specific disorders and their families, and they too often only appear when sponsored by a drug company, with somewhat mixed motives.
Sometimes it's necessary to make it clear to an ailing spouse, that not telling you everything is NOT protecting you ( though you value his instinct to be protective towards you ) --- because you cannot cope with whatever you don't know about, whereas you can find a way of coping with anything, nomatter how awful, so long as you know what it is, and can work at understanding the challenges involved
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