There’s an online self-help support group which calls itself the Depression Forum (DF) where last February a new member signed up.
He or she, using the compelling, fictitious name of “noselfesteem,” writes:
Because of all my issues I’ve gradually severed all contact with people. Until now I have no friends or anyone else I see. I live alone. I thought, maybe, I could get a friend who understands what it’s like to have issues.
So here I am. 🙂
This is followed by 15 fellow members who respond with encouraging invitations to become part of the “DF” cyber community. “Wow,” I thought, “we have a lot of people at Sage Neuroscience Center like this.”
The issues vary a lot of course. Some have chronic pain and other debilitating medical conditions so it takes effort to go anywhere. Many can’t work and are trying to live off of $600 per month; outside resources for them can be extremely limited. Some are OK once they get to know you, but they shun crowds; they might even have the experience of feeling they don’t fit in. And it’s true, our society can be very unkind to those who behave differently.
Well, it ain’t ever over ‘til it’s over, right? Like Woody Allen says, “Eighty percent of the art of life is showing up.” But showing up to what? And here the differences grow even larger!
Yet for those who have this in common – loneliness, isolation, fear, deep despair, a need to have someone to talk to, someone who understands and listens: let us get together and help each other. Let us even band together at Sage, meet regularly, form our own community. Together we can discover strength and direction which is greater than any one of us.
If these thoughts appeal to you and you can make it our clinic weekly, between 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, well, let’s just get started…