For those who never experienced love growing up

Depressed Anonymous  provides a secure base (love and acceptance)  for  those who never experienced love or support while growing up.”


After ten  years of repeated meetings with the depressed of Depressed Anonymous meetings, it’s clear that the meetings create a secure base for those who in their childhood had neither  kindness nor  the life giving  warmth and affection of family life.

People who keep coming back to  Depressed  Anonynmous  continue to grow  and become aware of the inner change taking place  week after week as they find not only attention to their story,  but find that they are loved and cared for at the same time. Possibly for the first time, they find that they look forward to each weekly meeting  and become  attached to the positive feelings that emerge inside themselves as they continue to share the story of  their pain . In time,  they share how their week is suddenly being filled  with more good days than bad. It also becomes obvious  to the participant  that childhood behavior and experiences  are carried right on into adult life. Trusting is such a hazard for the depressed because every person is different.  You can’t  trust your environment because it could  suddenly  shift and you would  be without a certainty that you were  bad  and worthless. The meetings gradually present to you an opportunity to be someone worthwhile and  valued. Your sharing and risking information about yourself  begins the construction of a new and secure you. The Depressed Anonymous group becomes for possibly the first time in your life, a very secure and stable enviornmment where you can share, trust and grow.

RESOURCE: Depressed Anonynmous, 3rd edition. (2011) Depressed Anonymous P:uiblications. Louisville. Personal Stories. Pages 139-140.

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