“It is my belief, after participating in hundreds of DA meetings over these past 25 years that the compulsion to repeat these self-destructive thoughts and images can be broken by attendance at our group meetings. It is at the meetings where these unpleasant feelings, swallowed these many years, can eventually be brought safely out into the light and accepted by the fellowship. No one puts me down for saying I am depressed. We never hear a “snap out of it” at our meetings. If we could just “snap out of it” then there would not be a need for our group meetings.”
So, the logjam of all these unpleasant feelings, all balled up into one, gradually get untangled. The group fellowship accepts us for what and who we are. Gradually, as we are able to tell our story – tell who we are and trust ourselves and our story with this DA group – we begin to feel again. We free ourselves of the deadness, which has not only isolated us but has kept us disconnected from family, friends and those who love us. As the Yiddish saying states “share your story – save your life.” I have witnessed this miracle many, many times at our face to face Depressed Anonymous meetings. Now that I am learning how to choose a different way of thinking and feeling which results in breaking up the cycle of my addictive thinking and behaving. I now lead a normal life where my depression addiction experiences, are helping others get connected to those of us who are now living in hope, one day at a time.”
SOURCES: (C) I’ll do it when I feel better. Hugh Smith (2017) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville, KY. Pages 54-55.
(C) Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. (2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville. Ky.
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