Twelve Steps of Depression

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Choose Thoughts that Don’t Cause Depression

“Give not over thy mind to heaviness, and afflict not thyself in thine own counsel.” —Ecclesiasticus 30:21

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  1. BAD HAPPENS: Notice bad things.
  2. DEIFY SELF: I know better than myself.
  3. EGO PLEASURE: Positive self-esteem (pride).
  4. BLAME SELF: I should have known better.
  5. DEMONIZE SELF: I know worse than others.
  6. EGO PAIN: Negative self-esteem (depression).
  7. ANGER ATTACKS: I deserve guilt trips.
  8. DEIFY SELF: I know better than my life.
  9. EGO PLEASURE: Positive self-esteem (conceit).
  10. BLAME SELF: I should always know better.
  11. DEMONIZE SELF: I always know worse.
  12. DEMAND CHANGE: I must know better.


  • Knowing better than myself feels good but leads to my knowing worse than myself which feels bad.
  • Ego trips (knowing better) lead to ego pain and problems.
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Quotations from Various Sources

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“A lot of what passes for depression these days is nothing more than a body saying that it needs work.” —Geoffrey Norman

“A sad soul can kill you quicker than a germ.” —John Steinbeck

“A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” —Paul Dudley White

“And another dieth in the bitterness of his soul, and never eateth with pleasure.” —Job 21:25

“Don’t down yourself for anything–including damning or self-downing!” —Albert Ellis and Robert A. Harper, A Guide to Rational Living, Third Edition, p. 138

“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.” —II Corinthians 7:10

“For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.” —I John 3:20

“For there is a shame that bringeth sin; and there is a shame which is glory and grace.” —Ecclesiasticus 4:21

“For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.” —I Peter 2:20

“Give not over thy mind to heaviness, and afflict not thyself in thine own counsel.” —Ecclesiasticus 30:21

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.” —Hebrews 10:22

“Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.” —Dodie Smith

“Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Only you can make yourself reject or devalue yourself.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“When I make myself feel bad for doing bad so I won’t do bad again, I actually program myself to do bad again by convincing myself that that is who I am and what I do.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“When you convince yourself that something is bad, the point then is to switch from it; however, perhaps you really don’t believe it is since you continue to dwell on it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

Related Pages of Free Information

  1. Coping Skills: Free Help
  2. Depression Notes
  3. Exercises, Methods, & Techniques: List of Pages
  4. More on 5TP: Pages by Topic: 5 Thinking Positions
  5. Recovery Issues: Free Help

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