When We Need to Talk About Depression
While it can be difficult, there are times we need to talk about depression. We may feel embarrassed or ashamed to admit our depressed feelings to ourselves or others, but there are times we need to talk about depression because the discussion is urgent, critical, and needed.
When Do We Need to Talk About Depression?
We Need to Talk About Depression When Thoughts Become Suicidal
Before I go any further, if you are considering suicide or are considering hurting yourself in any way, please get help now. I want you to talk; I need you to talk. Please hear me when I say: You need to talk about depression now.
When Talking About Depression Is Crucial
If you are suffering and keeping silent about your depression, please speak out. As the saying goes, “We are only as sick as our secrets.”
Do not keep your depression a secret. Let someone know you are hurting. It’s important to be truthful with yourself and others. When you are able to verbalize that you’re feeling depressed, you may find that you experience a sense of relief. You do not need to suffer in silence. Doing so can be harmful and make things worse.
If you’re not improving by talking with friends, it might be time to talk with a professional. These trained professionals have the skills to help you navigate these feelings, and major advancements and breakthroughs can come from sessions with your mental health team. Here, again, talking about our depressed feelings is necessary and can help you to feel better.
When We Need to Talk About Depression to Fight Stigma
I believe that in order to end the stigma associated with depression and other mental illnesses, we need to talk about depression and share our stories. We need to speak out and share our struggles so that others will feel comfortable in doing the same. David Susman, Ph.D., says
"One of the most common reasons for not seeking help is fear and shame. People recognize the negative stigma and discrimination associated with having a mental illness and don’t want to be labeled 'mentally ill' or 'crazy.'"
By speaking up, we help to erase the shame that so many who are suffering from these afflictions feel. We help them to understand that they are not alone and that help is out there. This can only be done by sharing our stories and to do that, we need to talk about depression.
Please stay tuned for part 2 of this series titled When Talking About Depression Isn’t Helpful.
Susman, David, 8 Reasons Why People Don’t Get Treatment for Mental Illnesses. DavidSusman.com, Accessed July 4, 2018.
Sedas, M. (2018, July 5). When We Need to Talk About Depression, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, April 7 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/copingwithdepression/2018/7/when-we-need-to-talk-about-depression
Author: Michelle Sedas
Wonderful post -- speaking up and having these kind of conversations are so key. I think it's helpful to have these reminders that while talk about mental health should happen regularly there are some moments, like the ones you highlight, where these conversations are of the utmost importance, and powerful.
Thank you so much.
Coauthor "Coping with Depression" blog