“I want to get well so badly…”
These words were spoken by Helen, who as an active member of Depressed Anonymous found that she was no longer alone. She tells us that when a person wants relief from the pain and isolation of their depression that they will go to any lengths to find help.
She writes in the Personal Stories section of Depressed Anonymous the following testimony:
” I finally knew after two years or more of sleepless nights that someone had to help me. I found a card saying “Depressed Anonymous” in the back of the phone book. It had a phone number and that was all. I talked to the man on the other end of the phone. I said to myself, this man is too busy to talk with me, but anyway I made the first appointment myself. I made myself go. I thank God that I did. I thank God that I went for help. It was a whole new beginning for me. I wanted to get well so badly. I think people do have to want to change. I went in with the attitude that I have to get well. I heard things about counselors that scared me, but this was just all the old negative feelings that caught up with me and boxed me in.
I got better and started to think differently. I started to get rid of some of my negative thoughts. I began to feel better and I continued to see my counselor. I started in Depressed Anonymous some weeks later.”
You know, sometimes it takes just that one person with their liberating story of being freed from the isolation and pain of depression that we feel that there is hope for me. If it worked for Helen, it can surely work for me as well. If you would like to read Helen’s working free of depression see the full account in Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition.(2011).
Available at Depressed Anonymous Publications.