Promise # 5 of the Promises of Depressed Anonymous.

Promise # 5 : No matter how far down the scale we have gone, we see how our experiences can benefit others.

“Some of us have attempted suicide. A few of us more than a few times. We had despaired of ever finding peace or hope. We believe that we had no future and that our yesterdays were as hopeless as our today’s.

It was hard to attend our first Depressed Anonymous meeting. We felt horribly alone. We just know that no one in the group has been through what we have been through. But as we listened and watched the other members of the group speak – we saw ourselves in their stories.

Personally I believe that whatever you give out to others is the amount that comes back to us. Our experiences can usually help another. An experience such as depression is so isolating, so predictable in its misery that it is bound to have had an impression upon us that it changed our life. And then when our life is changed for the better – thanks to DA and the fellowship that we have to share it with those still suffering.

Ironically, it appears that the farther we have gone down in mood– and up again in our recovery -the more powerful is this experience. They see the after and hear how it was before we got involved in the fellowship.

The fact that we have recovered so completely is in itself a message of tremendous hope for those who are newcomers to the group.

Isn’t it amazing that those who can do the most for those still suffering are those who have worked themselves out of the pit of isolation and depression.”

Copyright (c) The Promises of Depressed Anonymous (2002) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville, Ky. (Page 12).

4 thoughts on “Promise # 5 of the Promises of Depressed Anonymous.”

    1. Hello Georgiann
      Thank you for your interest in our Mutual aid program of Depressed Anonymous. You can locate a list of the Depressed Anonymous MEETINGS in the US by clicking on the menu item at the bottom of the Depressed Anonymous homepage (here at this site). There you will find meetings online and face-to-face meetings.
      Beginning July 5th, Depressed Anonymous will be changing to ZOOM online. Please go to Depressed Anonymous —Journey of hope if you want to learn more about the nature of depression and the 12 Steps, this group will be a help to you.

      The address for Depressed Anonymous and meeting times and days will be listed at this site. These daily group meetings are live and all participants remain anonymous. If you have a need more information, please contact us at depanon@netpenny.net.

      Thank you for your letter.
      Hugh

    2. Please click on the menu item MEETINGS< S ins datetime="2021-06-30T12:49:43+00:00">m at this site(homepage) and there you will find the times and dates for meetings of Depressed Anonymous in the USA. Starting on July 5th, our live meetings will be found on ZOOM. Please click on the Meeting menu item for more information about times and online links to meetings. Face-to-face meeting times and locations can also be found here.

      If you have any questions, please send us a note at Depanon@netpenny.net.
      Thank you for your interest in our program of recovery.

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