One of the major concerns of persons depressed is to tell someone that they are depressed. Sorry to say, but somehow being depressed is not ok. This feeling, though real and painful, sometimes precludes these same people from getting the help they need. All this is because of the shame and guilt that is part of living with depression. And no one wants to have the label “mental illness” attached to their feeling depressed and alone because of the stigma attached to depression.
Barbara was very fortunate in that her psychiatrist recommended Depressed Anonymous. Here is what she had to say about her experience.
“My psychiatrist recommended Depressed Anonymous for depression. I began going to these meetings and obtained immediate support and acceptance. I cannot say enough for the Twelve Steps of Depressed Anonymous (and my weekly therapist concurs). Neither can I say enough about the unquestioning acceptance I felt at my first meeting. They kept saying to attend six meetings before making a final decision. Well, I didn’t need six meetings before making a final decision as to whether or not the meetings were for me.
I have found the community as a whole is very supportive of this group. Individuals are a little reluctant to “come out of the closet” because of the stigma associated with depression. There is a tremendous amount of gratification that comes from helping someone that would not have otherwise known of this help.
Encouragement from someone else is essential …I highly recommend this to anyone who has a strong desire, determination, and perseverance.”
For more about Barbara’s story of recovery and many more stories of restoration please check out (c) Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. (2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville, KY. Personal Stories section. Pgs. 104-152.
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