“In my field of counseling, I always tried to get the family of the depressed person into counseling too, so that I might help the person see how their depression was affecting everyone in the family, including the children. The spouse, if the depressed person was married, always seemed relieved that someone finally could see their viewpoint and understand how they felt and the pain that they were experiencing. Many times, they would tell how their spouse would never do anything and always put things off until they felt better. But they never feel better! I found much pain and anger and frustration in these relationships, as the spouse was beside herself or himself concerning what to do for their sad partner. They were not only becoming depressed themselves, but they were also feeling guilty about their anger at someone who was supposed to be sick?”
SOURCES: Copyright (c) Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. (2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville. Page 81,
Copyright(c) I’ll do it when I feel better (2016) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.
Copyright(c) Dep-Anon Family Group Manual(2008) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.
NOTE: In my effort to help the whole family unit, I initiated a family Dep-Anon Family Group just like Al-Anon. Al-Anon is there for friends and family of the Alcoholic and helps them to have help in understanding the best ways to help the alcoholic.
There were two persons, both family members of a depressed person, who collaborated and wrote their own manual, based on the 12 Step model, for those others like themselves who also were dealing with a depressed family member or friend. It was an eye-opener to discover that these two persons had some of the same feelings which their family member was also experiencing. They were feeling anger, frustration and became more isolated the deeper the depression of their loved one.
What I learned from them, and the feelings they shared, made it possible for them to write their own manual specifically geared and directed to the family and friend of a depressed person.