Infidelity Online Support Group

Adultery. Affair. Betrayal. Cheating. Unfaithful. These are just some words associated with the word infidelity. But, infidelity encompasses much more than these words; it is associated with huge amounts of emotional labor it takes to amend the relationship chasm that is created by infidelity. 

What is Infidelity?

The dictionary defines infidelity as the action or state of being unfaithful to a spouse or other sexual partner. According to the infidelity statistics, about 40% of unmarried relationships and 25% of marriages in the United States see at least one incident of infidelity. Infidelity is also cited as the top reason for divorces.

Ways infidelity can affect your mental health:

  • You are unable to trust your partner again

  • You might deny the affair as a defense mechanism 

  • You or your partner might refuse to get help or own the mistakes

  • You let anger and resentment overwhelm other positive emotions

  • You let the feelings of rejection linger for a long time after the affair

Healing takes time. The first step is to recognize that your feelings are normal and acceptable. Surround yourself with positive and loving people who can support you to get back on your feet. It is also important to develop coping skills that help you maintain a better sense of self and happiness. 

How Support Groups Can Help?

Support groups are safe spaces structured to allow participants to share personal experiences, feelings, coping strategies, and information about individual experiences. The discussions often are facilitated by an experienced leader or a medical professional. 

The feeling of betrayal can cause harm to our mental and physical health. Support groups can allow us to make connections, allow us to reopen our hearts to people.

Benefits of participating in support groups can include:

  • Reducing feelings of loneliness, isolation and stigma associated with infidelity

  • Getting practical advice or information about coping skills

  • Reducing distress, depression, anxiety or fatigue

  • Talking openly and honestly about your feelings

  • Gaining a sense of empowerment, control or hope

  • Learning about health, economic or social resources

Benefits of online support groups can include:

  • Faster time to get help, skipping appointment wait time

  • More frequent or flexible participation

  • A cost effective way to see a licensed mental health professional

  • A degree of privacy or anonymity comparing to local community support groups

  • Opportunities for people in areas with no face-to-face support groups

You are not alone. Herd is ready to support you.