Depression is a lonely feeling. It is hard to explain the deep despair that is the crux of depression. I have trouble getting out of bed much less do I feel like feel like socializing when all I really want to do is crawl back under the comforter. As hard as it is I force myself to exercise, walk my dogs, putz around the house; anything to keep busy. I feel if I stop moving the depression will set in. It does. Writing helps – the community of bloggers is wonderful – but could there be a comfortable way to meet people to feel less lonely?
I have many friends and family members who have suffered with addictions of various types; alcoholism, drugs, gambling, food. The one constant in those who made it to the other side was Alcoholics Anonymous.
I wondered if there was a “Depressed Anonymous” a place to meet others who are experiencing the same feelings of lonliness and despair. I was very excited to see that there was. After visiting their website at http://depressedanon.com I thought this was definitely a program worth exploring.
Based on the very successful protocol set forth by Alcoholics Anonymous what follows is from the website of Depressed Anonymous.
THE AIMS OF DEPRESSED ANONYMOUS:
1) To let the depressed person know that she or he is not alone in his or her struggle with depression. We also help others learn to do pleasant activities again.
2) To provide a group where members can help one another and learn new skills in taking mastery over their lives and begin to live again with hope and joy.
3) To help each member feel better about themselves — today. One day at a time!
4) To educate the depressed person and his or her family about the nature and causes of depression and remove the SHAME of their feeling depressed. It’s OK to admit that we are feeling overwhelmed
We seek to prevent depression through education and by creating a supportive and caring community through support groups that successfully keep individuals from relapsing into depression.