Coupled with the 12 spiritual principles (Steps) of Depressed Anonymous I have recently put together 15 ways which can provide hope and inspiration.
These 15 ways are now grouped together in our latest work, published by Depressed Anonymous Publications, appropriately titled, Believing is seeing: 15 ways to leave the prison of depression.
For today and days following, I would like to share with you here, excerpts of passages from each of the 15 Ways contained in this work. So, let’s get started now with a short excerpt from the 1st Way.
The 1st Way says that “We accept and believe that however hopeless everything appears right now, we will recover from our depression.”
“We know that this belief is one of the most important beliefs that we can hang onto as we move through the painful experience of depression. I have spent decades working directly with depressed individuals and their families. Also, by my own active participation in the 12 Step recovery program of Depressed Anonymous, I know that those persons who keep coming back to meeting after meeting , week after week, usually get better.
Often persons depressed give up the hope of feeling different. They can’t believe that they have the hope of feeling different. They can’t believe that they have the power to change the way they feel. They don’t believe that they have a choice either to get well or remain locked in the prison of their depression. This is why this belief coupled with the First Step of Depressed Anonymous, a Twelve Step mutual aid group, has a positive impact one’s personal belief about the recovery process. The First Step of Depressed Anonymous states “We admitted that we were powerless over depression and that our lives had become unmanageable.” Pages 1-2.
For eight more pages we begin to learn about how our beliefs and actions together can chip away at the walls of the depression that imprison us. This chapter, begins to give us the power, together with the remaining 14 Ways packed with hope, providing us with that power to a life lived with purpose and meaning. Our lives no longer are that which keep us struggling through day .after day, month after month.
If you would like to know more about this positive work Believing is seeing and other literature, helpful for the depressed, check out our resources at VISIT THE STORE. Also, at the MENU located at the beginning of our site DEPRESSED ANONYMOUS, you are able to download information about who we are and what we are about. This is especially helpful if you need handouts for your newly formed Depressed Anonymous group.
SOURCE: Believing is seeing: 15 ways to leave the prison of depression. (2014) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.Pages 1-2.