I feel affirmed to know that I can always find a group of people who know how I am feeling anytime I want to get in contact with them.
“The isolation of depression begins as a place of safety and goes on to become a place of torture.” Dorothy Rowe
CLARIFICATION OF THOUGHT
I hear it often in meetings and I see it in the faces of the new members to the group. There is the fear of the new and the different. One has to give credit to those people when they come to their first Depressed Anonymous meetings. They are admitting first of all that they are having a problem. Admitting that their lives are out of control takes courage. Secondly, they are coming out of their isolation and looking for help with their problem. They are willing to give up the safety of their isolation for the pain of telling others that they are miserable and have no hope of ever feeling different.
Every new move I make toward other sufferers when I am depressed takes me closer to another human being and help. My torture is so great that I am willing to come and meet with a group of total strangers and tell them my story. The amazing thing is that they listen! No one else wants to or has time to hear me tell my story. I have the key to gain escape from my misery if I just use it.
One of the telltale signs that I am depressed is when I begin to isolate and withdraw from others. When I find myself wanting not to be bothered by anybody, I just get myself to talk to another person, who like me, understands and can predict the painful path of depression.”
Our powerlessness lies in not being able to snap out of our depression. We know now that God as we understand God or our Higher Power is going to get us through this period of our lives. We are on no time table with God, but we know that his power is inside of us and we want to be conscious of this power in our lives now and everyday.” (See Step 1.)
SOURCE: Copyright(c) Higher Thoughts for down days: 365 daily thoughts and meditations for members of 12 Step fellowship groups. Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville. For January 28. Pages 21-22.
NOTE WELL! If there is no Depressed Anonymous group in your community, please consider using the HOME STUDY KIT. (VISIT THE STORE).