Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Question: Is Depressed Anonymous a class? Does someone teach this class?

Answer: Depressed Anonymous is neither a class nor does someone, such as a professional lead the group. We are a mutual aid group where each of us brings our own experience and shares them with each other. We also live our life based on the 12 Steps, the  suggested  spiritual principles of Depressed Anonymous.

Question:  How much does it cost to join the group?

Answer: There are no fees or dues. All a person needs for membership is a sincere desire to keep from saddening themselves.

Question:  Can you come to a meeting even if you are not depressed?  Like a family member or a friend of someone  depressed?

Answer:  Yes, in fact we  encourage family members participation in the group. The more we attend meetings the more likely we are to get a better understanding of the experience and nature of depression.

Question: What position does Depressed  Anonymous take with regard to antidepressant Tablets?

Answer: Depressed Anonymous takes no position on  medications. We are a support group which has as its base a spiritual foundation as laid out in the 12 Steps. We are not professionally led. We do not discuss topics of a religious nature which are specifically oriented to one religious faith or  another. One’s personal medication regimen as well as religious preference is solely the resapoinsibility of that individual and is not discussed in the group meeting.

Question:  Do I have to give a talk if I attend a meeting?

Answer: No one is asked to say more than their first name at a DA meeting. We have all been where you have been, namely as a newcomer and we respect one’s right to talk only when one feels ready to talk. Every member of the group is given the understanding that when they have a turn to talk they can just say “PASS”  and everyone is very OK with that.

Question: How many meetings will it take before I am no longer depressed?

Answer: That is a question that we can’t answer. I believe that even though my good days are now more frequent and my bad days less, I still keep coming back to meetings so as to help myself and give help to others still suffering. Our program is one that you don’t graduate from –it is a lifelong fellowship where one continues to learn that to stay well means to keep connected  with the group, use the daily spiritual tools that keep us all out of the prison of depression.


Source: Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. (2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.

12 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    • Hi Rachel
      At the present time there are no DA groups in NYC. Hard to believe but we do know that there must be thousands of people who can use our program of recovery. Have you thought about an Home Study Program? I think that would be a good start until you can find a few others who would be happy to join you.

    • Hello Gabrielle
      No, not at this time. But hopefully someday. And thank you for your interest in our program of recovery.
      Take care
      Hugh for the fellowship

    • Hello Kendi
      We do not know of any Depressed Anonymous meetings in your locality. For those who do not have a meeting in their area we can recommend a Home Study Program for those who have no group to attend. The Home program also enables those who wish, to start their own program in their community.
      For those who do use the program of recovery, Depressed Anonymous provides a sponsor who will help with walking you through the steps.
      Also, you might like to read through the Blogs on our website as a start in getting a good understanding of the Steps and how they can help us understand ourselves and our dealing with depression.
      I hope this helps. Write to us at for more information.
      Thank you

    • At the present time there are no Depressed Anonymous groups in Cleveland–sorry to say! If a few persons would like to set up a group–we will help support that effort.

      Thank you
      Hugh for the fellowship

  1. Hello Mr. Smith,
    My name is Mary Mondt a friend of Debra Sanford I took over her Elizabeth City group at her request. I recently moved the DA group meeting from 300 pearl st to : Sentara Albemarle Hospital 1144 N road st Education room #3 Elizabeth City ,NC 27909 It is well lit safe and handicap accessible. The meetings remain Thursday nights 6 to 7 PM Tried to register the address but was unable could you help? Our email is Right now we have 4 regulars but hope to build Talked to the Administrator of the Hospital who was kind enough to give us that room and said we could hang a brochure there. Regarding the brochure can I use sentences or a phrase in its contents? My phone # is 316-573-7245 I’m in my 70’s and have been in DA 2 plus years Thank You

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