#8/13. The Promises of Depressed Anonymous


“To really believe, possibly for the first time in one’s life that I too can recover and that I too can begin to feel better. I know that I need to be proactive in my efforts at self-discovery. What causes our outlook and attitude to change?

What is the reasons one’s outlook changes? I have to begin to believe that hope and healing is possible. Once we have gone through some painful inner changes, such as dealing with our character defects and isolating tendencies in ourselves we see indeed there is a way out. We have to have a positive attitude that will move us and motivate us to want to go and get to the next step. Watching someone actually take these steps week after week and watch that feeling of wellness rise up in them can promote in each of us a belief that with work and time gradually our lives definitely do improve. Soon we see that a sense of purpose will begin to manifest itself the more time and work that we put into our personal recovery. We have to do this work everyday. The more we work at this reality of getting well –the less irritable and lonesome we will be. A door opens ever slightly, and there appears a potential route to freedom. But what is most noticeable here is that when my hope and faith in recovery for my personal life rises, my symptoms of depression go down in inverse proportions.

When we find acceptance from members of our fellowship at Depressed Anonymous we get that boost that says “you’re ‘gonna be alright!” And we mean it. This is the beginning of opening wioder the door that leads to hope and a change in our negative attitudes. THAT’S A PROMISE.


(C) The Promises of Depressed Anonymous. (2002) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Page 18.

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