How often have I heard these words spoken at a Depressed Meeting or in a letter telling us about how sadness and despair have overtaken one’s personal life. They relate that they have fallen into a darkened pit with no way out. I know all about that feeling as I have had those same feelings many years ago. I too had been “sick and tired” of trying to get out of bed every morning but unable to do so because of feeling completely wiped out.
That was then (30 years ago). Today, because of the fellowship of Depressed Anonymous I continue to have hope and the “toolbox” of the 12 Steps which provide me with access to a daily plan of recovery.
One of the greatest “tools” that I use is to question myself on my relationship to each Step and present my answers to a friend and/ or members of the group. I have discovered that the Depressed Anonymous Workbook, plus the coordinated Depressed Anonymous Manual, provides me with a life giving and formidable resource for my own recovery. The best part of the Workbook is that the questions asked in the Workbook are some of the questions I have asked myself. The two books together (Home Study Combo) have provided many of us in the fellowship with a very detailed path, laid out by the many questions which a participant is to answer as they climb out of their own unique pit of depression. The depression experience is unique for every person. We each come from a myriad of personal life experiences. No one shoe fits all. We all have heard the saying “Be yourself! All the other people are taken.” One person’s life experiences are in many ways the same, but for most of us, the difference lies in our own unique childhood and adult experiences.
In the Depressed Anonymous Workbook we read “…And if you take an active role in your own recovery –the answers will begin to come! Depressed Anonymous gives you a great choice on the various ways to tell your story and come to some of your own conclusions why you might be depressed.
I can begin to use the 12 steps and begin the task of working myself out of the pit of this depression. I believe that with time and patience plus the group fellowship and support that I will be able to make some positive strides in feeling differently about myself and the world.
We can now add that our Home Study Program, which Includes the Workbook and Manual, is an excellent resource in digging ourselves out of the isolation and pain of depression.
Following are examples of a few very important questions that you will be able to answer for yourself in the Workbook.
@Question 1.4. How many years, months, days can I remember being depressed? How far back in time can I remember always feeling sad and wanting to withdraw from others? There is no need to feel bad for wanting to isolate and withdraw. Please write out your feelings about these experiences. (See DA Manual for further clarification about this question and those following.. Page 32).
@Question 1.5. Write down the number of people whom, you have admitted that you have been or are depressed now?
SOURCES: Depressed Anonymous Workbook(2001) DAP. Louisville.
Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. (2011) DAP. Louisville.
- To get more information on the literature available about depression and the Steps visit the store. The Home Study Combo is available here at this site.