I am tired of being sick and tired of being sick and tired!

Where does one go or what does one do to  rid themselves of being sick and tired? How often do I hear clients come and tell me that they are here in my office because they are just too sick and tired of being sick and tired. They tell me they just had to make a decision to do something about their  feeling bad all the time.  Question: Have you ever felt this way? I admit that I have, more than a few times in my life. And every time that I did feel this way  I just wanted to go lie down and die.  But they didn’t make an “easy to swallow”  pill or a medicine  to take “for those times when you are sick and tired of being sick and tired.” If they had I would had bought a jar full of them.

Where do you go for help when you feel this bad? Or do you smoke, overdose, feel suicidal when you feel this awful?  Or maybe there might have been a person with whom you could have shared your story. You know, like getting it off your chest to feel better.  Pause. There is a problem here.  Sure, I could have talked with a number of people  about feeling the way that I did–but in my case I saw the world as filled with hundreds of monads, like desert nomads,  all walking around but without any direction  or purpose — or a way out of their desperation.

Deserts don’t usually have road signs stuck in the sand showing the way to hither and yon.  No, it is only by dogged perseverance and most probably “providence” that we find a door out there, on which is scratched the words ‘a safe place for those who are sick and tired of being sick and tired.'( These doors belong to AA, DA, ACA, AL-ANON, DEP-ANON and so many more ). We stumble through the doorway  and join with those other nomads  sitting in a  large round circle, each  sharing how they came to be free of ‘feeling sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.’

I ask the brethren seated there   “Am I in the right place?”

“Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired ” they asked in unison.

Sheepishly, I replied , “Yes. I am .”

“Then, join us.”


Now, these 30 years plus, no longer  feeling sick and tired of feeling sick and tired of feeling sick and tired. If YOU happen to be looking for a 12 step fellowship  group meeting  for yourself  you might not see the words “If you are sick and tired of being sick and tired of being sick and tired” scratched on the door,   you’ll know that you are in the right place! Walk ins welcome!

Hugh (Depressed Anonymous Member).

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2 thoughts on “I am tired of being sick and tired of being sick and tired!”

  1. I am interested in starting a group in my area – nearest is way too far away. Can’t find info on the web. Looked on Amazon for books and they are horribly expensive.

    Are materials sold at cost like other 12-step program materials? If so, why are they so expensive and can one get a .pdf or other digital copy more cheaply. If no, why not?

    I’ve been depressed for most of my life, from age 10 to now, age 73. I spend years, months, weeks, etc. depressed. Went through highly suicidal periods. Thanks to decades of medication and therapy and support from other 12-step programs, my depressed period are much fewer and shorter. But the tendency to become depressed easily is like an underground river that runs shallowly beneath the surface of my life. I do need support at those times and would like to help others if I can.

    Are there any plans to start some on-line groups? Since there are so few meetings, it would be helpful. I and possibly other might be willing to donate to the cost of setting that up. I’ve been doing “self-help” most of my life and do not find most reading materials helpful during depressive periods. Also, I couldn’t find the material on self-study on the site. I kept being directed to a site that appears to be ads.

    Can you provide any of the materials digitally or in .pdf form? Or is there at least a way to “look inside” as Amazon provides for many books to get a sense of whether or not the book(s) would be helpful?

    Thank you and thanks for starting this program. It helps to know it is out there even if I can’t get to a meeting.

    PS I hate filling out these on-line forms and don’t use facebook. Is there any way to contact you directly via email or phone if I have further questions?

  2. Addendum to my previous comment: I don’t trust Facebook at all, especially after viewing “The Creepy Line” movie. It would be helpful if there was another way to contact someone to ask questions.

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