One of the ways that helps us to overcome, deal with, and leave the prison of our depression is to connect the dots of our lives. What does this mean, exactly? It simply means that by using the 12 Steps of the Depressed Anonymous program of recovery we can gradually and at our own pace build a relationship with our Higher Power ( anything bigger than just me) or as it has it in our program, the God of our understanding. This is what we call “connecting the dots ” which means our unique thinking, our feelings, and all the behaviors of our lives. In time, as we move along the trajectory of our own recovery–working each of the 12 steps, we begin to develop a picture of who we are and who we want to be. We have connected all the dots.
Granted we are not going to get a true picture of ourselves right away. This program does asks something of us. We are going to have to be honest with ourselves and others, We have to be open to the reality that we can find the help and serenity promised in this program, and be willing to get on with our work. Yes, work. It takes work. It also takes time, as it is a step by step process. If you want to leave the hellish feelings of isolation and shame that many of us have felt you will start this program. It will provide you with hope. And you will not be alone. You will have all of us here to support you!
I connected the dots almost 30 years ago now. In fact, I still go to meetings (went last night ) and still making sure that today, just for today, I am still right on track. So now with my Depressed Anonymous Workbook and Depressed Anonymous Manual I continually keep in touch with my feelings, right behaviors (don’t isolate and beat myself up) and my relationship with God and my neighbor. And most importantly, I try and share a message of HOPE with those who are still suffering from depression. Could that person be you? If it is, you can have a Home Study program that will offer you hope and a real way out of the prison of your own depression. The Home Study Program is great preparation for a face to face group that could be formed in your own community.
SOURCES OF HELP:
Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. (2011). Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.
The Depressed Anonymous Workbook. (2001) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.
Believing is seeing: 15 ways to leave the prison of depression. (2015) DAP . Louisville
I’ll do it when I feel Better. (2014) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.
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