12 Steps of Depressed Anonymous

1. We admitted we were powerless over depression —that our lives had become unmanageable.

2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood him.

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. We’re entirely ready to have God remove our shortcomings.

7. Humbly asked him to remove our shortcomings.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood him, praying only for knowledge of his will for us and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and to practice these principles in all of our affairs.

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17 thoughts on “12 Steps of Depressed Anonymous

  1. I’m interested in beginning a Depression Anonymous group in the Richmond/Rosenberg, Texas area. I want to know what I need to do to begin offering a group. I have been helped through participation in and facilitating support groups of various types over the years. I’ve dealt with depression most of my life and feel very fortunate to have been able to live a relatively healthy and productive life, with lots of support.

    • Hi Don
      Thank you for your message. Starting a group in your community would be a great gift to any community. Depression is so rampant, but it’s like who is willing to “bell the cat” so to speak, and get something started.
      By the fact that you have experience depression puts you in the position to help all those who are depressed. Also, you can serve as a moving spirit to help overcome the stigma that is attached to this human malady we call depression/melancholy.
      I do believe our website Menu directory can at least get you started in understanding who we are (DA) and what we are trying to accomplish. We are a mutual aid group and as such help persons depressed use the tools of Depressed Anonymous to gain control over their lives and attain serenity.
      As you well know, from your own experience, it takes one to know one–that is one depressed.
      When I joined another 12 step fellowship back in 1982 –the first thing I did was to read everything that I could on the subject of my being addicted to a substance which controlled my life. I was hungry to find out first of all what my problem was in living and secondly to find out what a spiritual program could do to release me from the prison of depression. And of course the selling point of any program is what happens to those who follow the way of that program. I highly encourage that you find our material listed on our website and start reading our Manual Depressed Anonymous 3rd edition as well as our Workbook–a great place to start. We also have, among other pieces of literature daily Meditational book titled Higher Thoughts for Down Days. Before one advises others to join something you need to read the material yourself before you really get started. But if you are familiar with the step then you are well on your way. Well Don, I hope this helps and not confuse and discourage you –but you seem like a man not easily discouraged and I will be happy to help you in whatever way that I can.
      Hugh Thank you for your concern!

  2. I am interested in joining a similar group as yours. The only difference for me is, I am an atheist, I disbelieve in Christianity and other faiths with supernatural and fictional elements. The higher power that could help me is something that is hard to find a label for. But in the end its the lack of social life and fruitless effort having been on parties very often but failed to find true friends or girlfriends to date. I am well over thirty and my life gets more dull and meaningless every day. The little family I have is no source of comfort, rather they have dumped their crap on me all my life.
    Almost unbearable to me is the lack of prospect. I am recovering from a serious injury that has been causing inflammation and pain for years and yet I commit to so many activities to reach out to people and only watch in pain how others move on in life while I am sidelined. I balance pain and work and life as well as possible, but sometimes I cannot hide that and I cannot radiate happiness when I am taking pain killers during a time when pain levels increase. I desire to have continued doing sports as I used to, but I am dealt a lot of pain putting more than a small dose of effort in any exercise.
    I am European, but I think this problem is universal.
    I heard and read tons of advice, most of it I tried, a lot of it is bullshit. I am going to therapy once a week and it is not getting better, maybe even worse.
    I am very sensitive to rejection right now. I had been shy but I improved in that field. But I got so much rejection that I learned to recognize rejection by taking a look at a girl, if a girl looks away in a fashion that does not seem shy, or she rejected a dance, that’s fine. But I will not approach her another night, begging does not make me attractive nor does it elevate me emotionally.
    And talking about that, I only collect frowny faces when I dance lately. I am being pushed by other to try put with some girls but when I try to hook up without doing ‘too much’ and thus not putting her off I get a cold shoulder best, this is becoming increasingly painful and annoying. ON top of that, I hear crap that I need to be happy myself to generate attraction and bla bla…. Well I do not want my partner to tend to my every need or burden her with my emotional well-being. I am not a fool. This does not work.

    Please share stories with me that show how people like me got out of that. And I do not mean help of God, unless you explain me how God helps those who do not believe in it.

    I am not far from suicidal thoughts. I need something for my mind to grasp on how to change my life and how to get results with girls and people in general.
    Thank you, Sebastian

    • Yes. There is one meeting every Thursday nite at Incarnation Church on 2229 Lower Hunters Trace. The meeting starts at 6:30 pm and goes to 7:30 pm. There are no fees or dues and the program is modeled after the Twelve Steps of AA. (Directions: Off of Dixie Hiway -then 2 stop lights and red brick building on right side of road. Please use MapQuest for directions. Hope to see you there.

  3. Best regard. I am writing from Medellin, Colombia. South America. We are very interested in having the opportunity to open a first group of anonymous Depressants in our city. We want to know how you can support us to obtain literature and be able to open a space for the group. Looking forward to your response. Thank you so much.
    Jorge Camero Agudelo

    • Jorge, gracias. So happy you write to us. We will support you as best we can–even thought there is a language problem(I no hable espanol).
      You can download many articles and all menu items from our website here at depressedanon.com or Depressed Anonymous. There is much material at Our Newsletter archives in which you get help on studying group formation.
      I am presently working with an amiga from S. America who is translating our major work, Depressed Anonymous into Spanish.This person lives here in Louisville, Kentucky(which is where I live). Hopefully by Christmas (2018)we will have it printed in Spanish and have it on Amazon.com so others who want to have groups such as you do, can get it to the people who are looking for spiritual help.
      May God be with you and please let me know how we can help with more detail from you and your group?
      Do you know you can also download and buy books from Amazon.com for your own? We make our books available worldwide. We have groups where I talk to them with SKYPE Always need a translator of course.
      Looking forward to your response-hope you get this letter to you. Write in Spanish and I will get it translated by Google.
      All the best and my prayers go with your new efforts for others–so many of us have been or are depressed. Depressed World!!!
      Hugo

  4. Hugo

    Best regard

    Thank you very much for your response, I have been very interested in getting all the information available to be able to open our first group based on the 12 steps of recovery. If there is the possibility that you send us all the information you can to start our group, we will be very grateful. My email is jorgecamero1@hotmail.com
    It is really necessary to have the opportunity to open a group in our city, provide a solution to the depression and be able to fulfill step 12 of taking the message to all those who need it. Here in my country there is a real need and a broad problem with the theme of depression.
    Again I am very grateful for your words and we remain attentive to your response.

    Sincerely,

    Jorge

    • Hi Stuart
      The Depressed Anonymous fellowship is planning to set one up in the near future. We will let you know when this happens. It will be an International approach as there are members globally who have been asking for this group. It will be in English (if not, I would not be able to join).
      Hugh

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