Self help can be defined as finding information or advice openly and personally, for the problems the person needs to resolve, without asking doctors or other professionals, who may advise treatments that are often ineffective and costly.
For self-help, you must also act on the advice you discover for yourself.
Self-help can be found from many sources, relatives and friends perhaps, since those who are close to you may know best what will help you, and you may be more open with them.
However, there may be moments when you have difficulty discussing your difficulties with people close to you, particularly if they are embarrassing.
Participating in a self-help group may become a very good way of coming to a decision about what you should do.
The whole point of self-help groups is that the members are experiencing similar problems to yours. The fact that each one of you is in a difficult situation will engender the necessity to help others and give advice.
In addition, people in the group, who have conquered their troubles, should be able to give you the advice you need.
Books may help too; there are many types of self-help books, which address problems in different ways so it is important to choose the one, which could help you.
Look carefully through the books to make sure the style and ideas can be easily understood, so you can apply them. These books can easily be checked out on the Internet and in bookshops.