Depressed Anonymous Preamble
Depressed Anonymous is a fellowship of women and men who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from depression.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop saddening ourselves. There are no dues or fees for DA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. DA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay serene and help other people recover from depression.
Adapted from the AA Preamble Copyright © The AA Grapevine, Inc.
Depressed Anonymous: Fellowship and Membership
One of the definitions of fellowship as defined by Merriam Webster is “a community of interest”. You are not alone in your fight against depression – together we can do what we could not do alone. The key to recovery is fellowship – doing things together and being on a common journey of recovery. Depressed Anonymous has meetings in many different forms: face-to-face, videoconferencing, and telephone. There are resources here on this site that will help you find meetings in the United States, or world-wide. Face-to-face meetings are typically held in recovery centers, church basements, community centers – any place that is willing to host a meeting. Many groups have formed their own meetings online hosted by videoconferencing companies like Zoom or Skype (no endorsement real or implied). The key is to break the cycle of isolation and being trapped in your own thoughts.
Membership is simple – if you are tired of being sick and tired with depression then you are welcome here. You are a member if you say you are a member.
Please reach out to others for common support. You will be helping others, and they will be helping you.
Depressed Anonymous: Financial Support
There are no dues or fees for Depressed Anonymous. If you go to a face-to-face meeting a basket will be passed for donations. You are under no obligation to put any money in
the basket – your only obligation is to take the basket and pass the basket. Your donations are used to pay for things like: rent, literature for the meeting, and any public outreach done by the meeting.
Many online meetings pass a virtual basket as hosting a meeting online is not free. They may provide a link to offer a donation through some online means (PayPal, Venmo, and others – no endorsement real or implied). Again, you are under no obligation to donate, but we do ask for help in covering expenses.
Depressed Anonymous: Spiritual Program
Depressed Anonymous is not a religious program. There is no requirement to believe in any specific theology, nor to follow any specific religious doctrine. Collectively we believe that there exists, in some form or fashion, a Higher Power that can help us recover from depression. Some people use the group as their Higher Power. Among our members we have Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Muslims, other denominations and sects, atheists, and agnostics – all are welcome here. Your relationship with your Higher Power is just that: yours. You define your understanding of your Higher Power, and you define your relationship with that Higher Power. We can say though that if you come to rely upon your Higher Power, and come into a more loving and deeper relationship with that Higher Power things will improve.
The spiritual program that we follow and recommend are the Twelve Steps. By understanding the 12 steps and putting them into action our lives have become better.
Depressed Anonymous: No Opinion On Outside Issues
The fellowship as a whole has no opinion on outside issues. The only thing that the fellowship agrees upon is that following and applying the 12 steps is the pathway to recovery from depression. There are, potentially, many other pathways to recover from depression. What we have found though is that those other alternatives are fraught with contention and conflict. We would rather set those contentions aside and focus on the 12 steps as the pathway to recovery from depression.
Individually, as members of this fellowship, we can have opinions on other things of course. We can share our experience, strength, and hope about our own journey of recovery. The precaution here is that what works for one person, may not work for another. Having the information about other pathways is helpful, as they may provide other treatments that may work for you. Just be aware that those other options may not work for you. We all have different chemistries within our bodies, we’ve all had different life experiences that may impact the effectiveness of Option X against our depression.
Know that the 12 steps will work if you work them.