The Mental Health Award winner Dorothy Rowe Ph.D., tells us
” that the best way depressed people can help themselves is to help one another. Form a group, get to know one another, support one another. ”
CLARIFICATION OF THOUGHT
Some folks think that all I have to do is just be cheerful and my mood will automatically change. Wrong. It’s like telling someone to stop their diarrhea as if they had any control over it. My depression took time to develop and so it will take time and work to remove. The people who are the most support are those who have been depressed themselves, they won’t tell you to snap out of it!
I best support myself when I find other people like myself and try and help them. Look for a Depressed Anonymous Group in your community.
God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS? Please write out your comments here if you like.
SOURCE: Copyright (c) Higher Thoughts for Down days. 365 daily thoughts and meditations for members of 12 step groups. Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville. Page 201.
“No longer am I alone in my depression. I can now see that it is up to me to form new friendships with others in the fellowship of the Depressed Anonymous group. I have found persons who understand me and my problems. I also learn coping skills and new positive behaviors from my fellow group members.”
One of the best things about belonging to a Depressed Anonymous group is that a person will find support and acceptance here. Frequently those persons who begin to work the 12 step program begin to realize that instead of waiting to stay isolated and sad that it’s the acceptance they receive in the Depressed Anonymous group that keeps them coming back to the meetings. Another reason people keep coming back to the group is that members of the group place no conditions on you or judgments when you join the group.
They love you and accept you just the way you are. That’s pretty neat I’d say. ..”
Source: Copyright(c) Believing is Seeing: 15 Ways to leave the prison of depression. (2017) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.KY.Page 20. #4.
Copyright(c) Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville Ky.
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