My name is Linda and the first time I read Depressed Anonymous, I did not like it and got angry. The first part of the book about turning over our minds and life to a Higher Power sounded good. I was ready to do that. ” Hey, here it is God! You take it! No more depression.” But then came the part about a moral inventory, shortcomings, and the big one is that I depress myself.
“What’s he talking about?” I said to myself as I read the book. I had tried to un-depress myself many times. I put the book down, and went to work . But as I was walking around at work that night feeling very depressed, bits and pieces of the book kept popping into my head and I started to think of the word “stop” just like the book suggested to do. “I depressed myself, I can un-depress myself” I said to myself.
Look for “SUNSPOTS”, memories from the past that were happy times and ones which bring back happy feelings from years gone by. I tried, but none came to mind. But I did find that just by thinking about the book and what it said made me feel a little bit better. Then a piece of a song popped into my mind: “Seek you first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness , and all the others will be added to you.” “Hey! A SUNSPOT!” I said to myself.
Then I felt a warm glow and then I did feel better –I did it! I made myself feel better. I can un-depress myself! I had mixed feelings. I wanted to feel better, but admitting I depressed myself was not an easy thing to do. I went back and reread the book, but now with an open mind. I have started to follow the Twelve Steps and with the help of the Higher Power, I can have a brighter future. I am making and putting in my memory a lot of SUNSPOTS for those times when I am feeling depressed and which I can choose to draw upon when I feel that I need them.
I put up a “stop” sign and bring out a SUNSPOT to carry me though.”
SOURCE: Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. (2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville. Page 114. Personal Stories section.