How do I know if I’m depressed?
“Being depressed means isolation – and being cut off from everybody and everything. It is like being in prison, like a pit where the walls are like soft clay and I cannot climb out. To me the isolation is pre-hell and often I feel so dead inside. There is an awful feeling, that hole in my soul which is like a clenched fist. I don’t know where to turn with all the pain and hurt. I can’t imagine anyone hurts the way I do and I hope no one does. I would never want to inflict this pain on anyone, so I tried to hold it inside and it seems like it’s too much to bear, especially alone. This is where Depressed Anonymous comes in – this is where powerlessness and God come in. There was no one to help, even to try to understand before Depressed Anonymous. No one wanted my pain and others started to avoid me. I understand better now, especially since I’ve been around Depressed Anonymous via Hugh and the book Depressed Anonymous,3rd edition and the journaling I’ve done. My hope is that I will be more at peace and will try to use the specific tools which continue to be great helps in overcoming depression while giving me hope — just for today.”
Source: Mary C, Sterling Heights, Michigan.
Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition.(2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.
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