I will be answering questions on issues that arise for site members as they face the daily challenges of living with depression. More information, and I hope more inspiration.
(PRWEB) March 13, 2012
Dr. Gary McClain of http://www.JustGotDiagnosed.com is now serving in an expanded role on Depression Connect, a patient social networking site in which he has been posting discussions as Dr. Gary. He will now be answering questions from site members through an “Ask an Expert” feature, part of the recently launched “Living with Depression” content area of Depression Connect. He also continues to participate on other Alliance Health discussion boards that include Diabetes, Arthritis, HIV, and Chronic Pain.
"Depression Connect provides a real lifeline to individuals suffering from depression,” McClain said. “Many of these individuals literally have no one to talk to about their depression. They may be misunderstood or even ostracized by their friends and families. Many are receiving some kind of treatment and many are not, or they are receiving medication but don't have access to therapy. Depression Connect provides a place to share experiences and offer each other support.
McClain emphasized the valuable role of the Alliance Health patient social networking boards on Alliance Health in the lives of patients. “I have been blogging and leading discussions as Dr. Gary for almost two years on the site. Depression Connect members will now have the opportunity to ‘Ask an Expert.’ I will be answering questions on issues that arise for site members as they face the daily challenges of living with depression. More information, and I hope more inspiration. ”
Since 2006, Alliance Health has focused on building a scalable technology platform to support a wide array of health-related social networks, each focused on a specific health interest. The company owns and operates more than 50 social networks and has more than 1 million registered members. The sites enable patients and caregivers to form relationships, engage in conversations, share treatments and comment on services and products. Alliance Health’s flagship social network is Diabetic Connect, with more than 650,000 registered members. Investors in Alliance Health Networks include New World Ventures, Physic Ventures, Highway 12 Ventures and EPIC Ventures.
McClain emphasized the synergy that the discussion boards on Alliance Health, each of which is focused on a specific condition, have with each other. “Members on Diabetic Connect, for example, may also be experiencing depression as they cope with the daily challenges of maintaining compliance with their treatment regimen and making lifestyle changes. Consequently, they may look to the Depression Connect discussion board for additional information and support, and get involved in those discussions. As a result of this synergy, the opportunity to touch the lives of a vast number of individuals in a positive way is mind-boggling. I am honored to have this new role on the site and excited about the opportunity!”
About Dr. Gary McClain and http://www.JustGotDiagnosed.com
Dr. Gary McClain is a licensed counselor, educator, and author who specializes in working with individuals who have been diagnosed with chronic and catastrophic medical conditions, focusing on issues that include coping emotionally, gathering information, making lifestyle and treatment decisions, managing relationships, and communicating with healthcare professionals. As "Dr. Gary," he blogs on patient social networking boards on http://www.AllianceHealth.com. Founded and developed by Dr. McClain, JustGotDiagnosed.com offers information, guidance and inspiration for newly diagnosed patients, their caregivers, and healthcare professionals. Visit http://www.JustGotDiagnosed.com.