I am no longer ashamed to talk about my being depressed; when I talk with other depressed persons I feel better.
I used to be ashamed of my condition and didn’t talk about it. But nowadays I freely confess I am a depressive , and this has attracted other depressed people to me. Working with them has helped a great deal.
(2) Bill W., Co-founder of AA.
CLARIFICATION OF THOUGHT
I know that the more I read the literature about the Twelve Steps and daily work my program, the more I am able to help myself grow out of this depression as Bill W., did shortly after he wrote the above piece. So often alcoholism covers up depression so that the original cause of the depression needs to be looked at.
God, please help us through this day and help us work through these memories of shame that keep us depressed. Let us truly believe that we can be free of our shame and live as a free person today.
COPYRIGHT(C) Higher Thoughts for Down days: 365 Daily Thoughts and Meditations for Twelve Step fellowship groups. (1999) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville. Higher thought for June 24. Pages 126-127.
NOTE: Because I had experienced depression myself, this added a healing assistance to my encounters with clients who were depressed. We could speak and understand each other.