In the mutual aid group, Depressed Anonymous, we make it OK to say “I think I am depressed.”
In Believing is seeing, an effort is made to help persons depressed as well as the friends and families of the depressed to know that there is a group that is there for them. In fact, once people come to the group and experience a meeting focused on the power of the Steps working in the lives of the fellowship, they soon come to believe and know the group members are speaking their language. It’s much like going to a foreign country and finding someone who can speak your language.
“Thank goodness, people can now go and find help –namely, the Depressed Anonymous group. Persons need to be educated about depression and that one is not losing their minds when the symptoms of depression begin to take over their lives. Their own depression experience and the symptoms that comprise it may enable them to seek help faster. They may be relieved to know what it is that is happening to them. I believe that a doctor or nurse practitioner would be more than happy to help de-stigmatize such a common and universal problem as depression or as some have called it in an earlier time, melancholia. In time and with our own advocacy as a mutual aid fellowship we will help make it OK to say “I am depressed.” We hope by that fact to help de-stigmatize this common and natural response to loss. Remember, to admit you’re depressed is the first step in recovery and the first step in getting yourself undepressed.”
Copyright (c)Believing is seeing: 15 ways to leave the prison of depression. (2013) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville. Pages 17-18.