YOU DO HAVE A CHOICE! Something good can happen to you today!!!

“Let’s listen to that long denied part of us that speaks out in favor of change, – that voice of hope that says we will feel cheerful one day. The small part of us that says that we should risk going to this meeting and admit that yes, I am depressed and yes, I am going to find my way out of this prison by taking stock of my strengths and by beginning to want to hope. You do have a choice. You can begin to let go of your fears of what life will be like without this constant gnawing feeling inside of you that produces that awful jitteriness. You will find lots of acceptance from the group as you listen to the many ways others like yourself have surrendered their problems to their Higher Power and have begun to find a peace and sanity that they never thought existed. The old tapes in your head will whisper that there is no hope for you, that no one is as badly off as you are, and that nobody will want to help you as you don’t deserve anything anyway. Often these old tapes have been with us since childhood and many of our adult depressions have their roots in our childhood. Many people do not remember much of their childhood, but repressing memories does not mean that the emotions belonging to these experiences in childhood disappear.

copyright (c) Depressed Anonymous,3rd edition (2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications.Pgs. 36-37. Louisville, KY
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”  What do you remember as strengths before being aware that you are depressed? Going to  Depressed Anonymous meetings (now on ZOOM  and SKYPE) has the potential to restore your sense of proportion about your strong points. At the meetings your friends in the fellowship will begin to tell  how you are showing  improvement the more you are participating in the meetings. To listen to those  who themselves are working the program  and who share their lives week after week, you begin to realize that you too  can begin to feel differently. Today can be a new   start  and yes, you do have it within yourself to be that person who is reversing old negative patterns of thinking and replacing them with thoughts of hope and optimism. You now believe that there is hope for yourself. Right now your strength seems to be that of maintaining a habitual way of thinking thoughts of hope. By the fact that you are reading this, takes the strength  to want to feel good and continue to maintain a positive recovery. Begin now and reflect on your strengths. Believe  that you have a way to maintain them each day. Your personal strengths maintain a personal persistence and desire to continue with gratitude this new feeling  of hope.”

As a therapist I would usually start my counseling  session with a few questions for the counselee. I would ask them to write down five or six things that they liked about themselves–strengths. Invariably they would  sit there, notepad in hand,  watching the hand on the wall clock, gradually moving forward.  (I might add that this question and answer session would  not be too difficult for most of those who came for counseling. )  But for the depressed, it is a different story. Most could be unable to list any strengths on the list. I would ask them if they needed a little more time? Usually not. I would then tell them that just coming through the door to see a counselor showed immense strength.  I told them that seeking help probably is a strength that could open up more doors for their own healing and serenity.

My final session always concluded with the question that started our sessions together – asking them to  list all their  strengths. The answer this time was quite different. No surprise to me.

Depressed Anonymous meetings  can all provide the same help in giving us a  look at our newfound strengths. Come to a f2f meeting or an Online meeting and discover this   for yourselves. You will be happy that you did.


Copyright(c) Believing is seeing: 15 ways to leave the  prison of depression. Hugh Smith. (2020) Louisville. KY. Page 57-59.  (The Eleventh Way).
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What is your middle name?

No one ever calls me by my middle name. How about  you? The only person that used my middle name, which happens to be Louis, was my Dad. And when my Dad used all three of my names, with emphasis upon Louis I knew I was in trouble. Big  trouble. Well,  that is another story. I haven’t the time nor the  wish to go into that at this time.  It really  has nothing to do with depression. You’re right.

What I want to share today with you is something about who we are as a 12 Step program of recovery. As you may know, people and their families have coat of arms with some fancy  pictures of shields, words etc.  Here at Depressed Anonymous we too have our coat of arms, let’s for simple sake call them Logo’s. It’s our brand name if you will. Our logo  shows footsteps. At the bottom are the words


These words are our mission statement. They tell others who we are and what we are   do.  First of all we provide hope for those still suffering from depression. That’s what we do. Secondly, we provide service  as members of our  fellowship. We sponsor ZOOM  and SKYPE meetings everyday.  When someone calls and is hurting we   respond.  We have sponsors who help others with their Step Program. We have books and literature for those who are seeking more information on how to help themselves. We provide an email address where we can also be connected with anyone night and day. And finally, we are a fellowship, united in an  effort to help others who are depressed and want an online and f2f program of recovery for their own recovery. We are here and we all in the fellowship and  are no longer alone. Depression?  We get it! We know. We’ve been there and done that.  No more. With all of the services that we provide there are no fees or charge. We are all serving others because we ourselves have been served. Served with the opportunity to have HOPE.

So, now you know what middle names are important. They reall give an added dimension to who we are as people. You can call me by my middle  Louis  if you choose. That will make me feel like family. 🙂

M. Louis S.



Get out of “park” and put ‘er in first.

Hey, so good of you to come to our BLOG here at Depressed Anonymous website. We try and give encouragement to those of us “who are still suffering from depression” And let me tell you, we are not alone. Again, we are not alone. We  all have work to do. I have work to do–you have work to do. We are in  this  together.

Have you ever felt like, “what’s the use”  or  ” I just can’t seem to get into gear.” Many days in my life, some more recent.  I just feel like I want to stay in “park.”  I can’t get in gear. My mind says “let’s get in gear.” My body says, “No, I feel comfortable right where I am at.”  So there is the problem. How to put my body in first gear so as to get moving?

I think all of us have heard the saying about making it to a 12 Step meeting. It goes like this: There are two times I should   go to my 12 Step meeting. One, when I want to go to a meeting and two, when I don’t want to go to a meeting. That sort of breaks It down in a language that I get.  Simple. Basic. No gobblygook nonsense.  That’s what I call getting in first gear. We get the car(body ) moving. We don’t go to the remote or surf and expect anything that might do us any good.  We put another quarter in the “parking meter. ”

In the book “I’ll do it when I feel better,”  I write  about procrastination.  I know about it. I lived it.  If you want to know anything about procrastination, I’m you’re “go to guy.”  Most days I get that little red flag that pops up in the meter. Expired.  And when that happens you never have seen me move so fast. Out of park in record time.

This is one of my character defects.  I am blatant at it. It might be a hidden anger problem–you know, I really don’t want to go to work today.  So my body wants to slip back into “park.” So, where am I going with all this?

Let me tell you this. When I was depressed my life was definitely past “park” and I just  gave up.  What’s the use. Eventually, coming to my senses, I knew that I needed help.   I ended up in a 12 Step group. This move was the best move I have ever made in my life. Really.  The fellowship, but most importantly putting the spiritual principals of the  12 Steps got me moving toward health , sanity and a program of self-care that has been my moving force for most of my adult life. For that I am grateful to the God of my understanding., or my Higher Power.

Are you depressed. If so, join us. We are online everyday with our fellowship. We are the  Depressed Anonymous fellowship.  Everyday, I hear and see  good people doing good things for those others, like ourselves, now,  who have found a “spark plug”  if you  will in the leadership of all those lives which have been changed. I mean CHANGE.  Hear the good news. There is hope. I can hear good news everyday. Set your watch. Go to a SKYPE or ZOOM meeting and hear how others have got moving. They are  on it and now they want to help others. If you  are out there  and wanting to feel differently and live with hope,  check us out online.

Fire up that body of yours and your  mind will follow right along. For info on our fellowship, please come to this website (  and read and listen and be part of a world where hope starts and resides. Be part of the solution. ZOOM and SKYPE groups are looking forward to meeting you. Don’t wait. We are like you.


Hugh, a recovering  procrastinator and member of the DA fellowship.




 Margie, a charter member of Depressed Anonymous shares her story.  Her story appears as part of  the Personal Stories to be found in Depressed Anonymous, page 131.

”  I really can’t remember for sure how I became involved in Depressed Anonymous. I believe a coworker told me about a professorat the University of Evansville who had students that were helping people in the psychology department field and wanted to know if I would be a volunteer to help start this new self help group. And it was free!  What did I have to lose? I had seen doctors, took their prescribed drugs and still ended up on the same old merry-go-round of ups and downs and “hangovers” from the drugs. I joined a small group at first. We talked, set weekly goals, took short walks,visited with friends or enjoyed a cup of coffee together to relax. We had to do something for ourselves. I had to learn to be good to myself instead of nurturing everyone else. I found a good doctor who gave me a lot of good advice about “pampering” myself more. It hasn’t been easy.  I’ve read self-help books, positive thinking books and worked hard on my way of thinking for years. I’m a natural born worrier, so things always seemed worse than they really were. So after four mariages, I finally sat back and took a good look at myself.  Why was I making these bad choices and keeping  my head messed up? After staying single eight years and working on myself  daily, I am now remarried and happy.  I have two daughters and two grandsons who are my pride and joy. I work with the elderly at a nursing home and manage to keep busy and happy.

After dropping out for several years, I’m now involved with Depressed Anonymous again.  I feel like I have something to offer the group. Hope is the word. I finally got above the edge of the rut that I could hardly peer over for years. I  know others can do it too. Don’t give up. It’s a lot of hard work, but it can be done. I know. I was there.”



(c) Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. (2011) Depressed Anonymous publications. Louisville. KY. Box 465, Pewee Valley, Ky.  40056.

“Simple is as simple does.” Forrest Gump.


Even though I don’t feel  better right now, I am going to make a mental decision to desire  to feel better.   I have a choice.

“We need to ask ourselves but one short question: Do I now believe or am I willing to believe that there is a power greater than myself.”  As soon as a person can say that he or she does believe or is willing to believe, emphatically assure that  person that he or she is on their way.  It has been repeatedly proven among  us that at this simple cornerstone a wonderfully effective structure can be built.


I have found that the program of the Steps is simple to understand. It is a spiritual program one that doesn’t force me to think of God in pre-established ways. I am truly free to allow the God of my understanding to clear from the path of my life the thoughts and various saddictive  ways where I have learned how to depress myself.

I know that the world simple means  without a fold. The word denotes a reality that you get what you see.  Hopefully I can see that my program of recovery is a most simple one to follow and one to practice in all affairs of my life.


We  want this God of our understanding to be with us as we face our fears and try to keep my thoughts focused on the here and now, not the pain of yesterday or the fears about tomorrow. (Add your personal comments).


(C) Higher Thoughts for down days: 365 daily thoughts and meditations for 12 Step  fellowships. (1998) Hugh Smith. Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville,  KY 40241. June 7. Online purchases can be made at  The Depressed  Anonymous Bookstore, at www.

Today I met some good people doing good things.

Today was another good day for me.  I was inspired.  I happened to find a group of people, like me, who were sharing feelings   about depression and how it is affecting their lives.. And if you are depressed, so many of us are, you might want to check into this discussion group–all centered on the Twelve Steps and recovery. We can’t do ourselves any good  by living our lives in isolation away from others. Our DNA makes us seek others. We are  social creatures.

A strange thing happens,  when we are depressed. We want to isolate. Our energy level is nil. Our hope is no longer an option. Everything looks bleak and hopeless. We gradually end up missing in action.  Our thinking, feelings, motivation, psychosocial life and behaviors each and everyone   becomes  a symptom  of our sadness. Together they become a syndrome.  Many symptoms  together form  a cyclical  interconnectedness, which being of a negative nature, can cause our whole being  to spiral  downward and  stay helpless.

This group today,  Depressed Anonymous were sharing positives as well as negatives about their individual lives. And by doing so, found  others like themselves who were  feeling animated and energized by sharing parts of their life story with others. It’s a freeing moment. This is what makes it work.  Members of this  fellowship found  themselves a home. It’s  secure and stable home base,  giving each of  us courage to   tell our stories, These good people are doing good things for themselves and the fellow members of this peer led group.

If you are wondering where to find this group, the same one that I attended today, sign in at at 12:30 pm CST and or 1:30 EST. A member of the fellowship will invite you in to be part of the group. This group meets everyday of the week. No fees or dues. All one needs is that desire to stop saddening themselves. Simple enough! There is also a ZOOM meeting every Sunday   4-5 EST and Tuesdays at 3-4pm EST.

If you have questions you can contact us by email at I hope that you will be a good person doing good things for those who are still suffering from depression. We need each other. We are no longer alone.