Talking about your depression

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Registered: 03-20-2009
Talking about your depression
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Wed, 06-01-2011 - 11:13am

I find it hard to talk about my depression IRL .



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Registered: 09-26-2009
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 1:25pm
Yes, there's def much stigma in re to mental illness. I keep it to myself mostly, only some family/ close friends know. People who don't have our struggles can't offer us much besides the pointless "snap out of it." I can't count how many times I've heard "why be depressed, you have such a beautiful baby and house."
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Registered: 10-10-2007
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 3:52pm

Promise,

Only my close friends know I have depression.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-20-2009
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 4:01pm

I wish those people would understand that you can have every thing you want, be blessed in so many ways but depression doesn't pay any attention to that.



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Registered: 03-20-2009
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 4:07pm

Hey Heidi,

that is a real shame because



iVillage Member
Registered: 01-20-2005
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 11:12pm

I rarely discuss my depression with anyone unless they bring up theirs first.

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Registered: 01-20-2005
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 11:14pm

OMG, DH is the world's worst at saying "perk up"

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Registered: 01-20-2005
Thu, 06-02-2011 - 11:23pm

My parents and brothers don't know either.

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Registered: 11-04-1999
Sat, 06-04-2011 - 7:39am

I tell everyone and back when I worked someone once asked me, why are you so open about your depression and that you are in therapy?

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Registered: 03-30-2003
Sat, 06-04-2011 - 12:22pm
Hi...
I believe that it is still a stigma out there...i agree with the one poster who mentioned the "snap out of it" or "perk up". I mean...when you are having one of those days, how do you call in sick?
I believe that the friends and family who really want to listen are those who have an open mind and want to learn more, because something happened in their own family. Thats what happened with me with one of my relatives. Some I find that they are closed minded or still in the "old school era" where its to hard to comprehend. Its not their fault but its not to late to change. My family and some friends know that I relapsed...some just cannot comprehend...but I just believe that its up to those people to have the willing to change and see that we are ordinary people who just needs the same support and help as someone with crohns etc...
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Registered: 05-16-2010
Sat, 06-04-2011 - 5:36pm

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