If You Live With Mental Illness, Do You Tell People?
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- If You Live With Mental Illness, Do You Tell People?
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
- Stand Up for Mental Health
- Latest Mental Health New
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Living with mental illness can be overwhelming. In addition to coming to terms with the effects and symptoms of mental illness and creating a positive life, many people face the intimidating decision about whether or not to tell people about their mental illness diagnosis (Disclosing Mental Illness at Work, or How to Get Fired).
"Do you tell people?" is a common question in mental illness support groups and in casual conversation. There isn't, however, a common answer. Whether or not to tell others about your mental illness is a personal decision. (When Do I Tell My Boyfriend/Girlfriend I Have Bipolar Disorder?) People typically decide based on fears of negative consequences, hope for positive consequences, and the degree of comfort they have with themselves and possible outcomes.
People have many reasons to keep their mental illness private, and others have many reasons to be forthcoming. If you are struggling with the decision about telling people, write down your fears, your imagined negative and positive consequences, your goals, and what you might gain or lose with your choice. Keep in mind, too, that the decision to tell people about your mental illness isn't all-or-nothing; you can pick and choose. Sharing your mental health experiences is a process rather than an event.
Related Articles Dealing with Telling People You Live with a Mental Illness
- Standing Up to Mental Health Stigma Stories
- Telling Your Family You Have a Mental Illness—You're not OK
- Should You Tell Your Employer You Have a Mental Illness?
- Is Not Disclosing Mental Illness Perpetuating Stigma?
- Depression Disclosure
- Disclosing Mental Illness to a Love Interest
- Three Mental Illness Stigma Quotes and Conversations
Today's Question: What factors are/were helpful to you as you decided whether or not to tell people about your mental illness? We invite you to participate by commenting and sharing your feelings, experiences and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.
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Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- Can A Verbal Abuser Change?
- When Do I Tell My Boyfriend/Girlfriend I Have Bipolar Disorder?
- Mental Health Therapy Benefits
If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.
On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.
- Internalizing What Other People Think of Bipolar Disorder
- A Healthy Lifestyle and Improving Body Image with Anxiety
- How to Be Kind to Yourself and Build Self-Esteem
- Creative Activities May Relieve Depression
- Kindness and Self-Esteem
- Recreate Yourself Without Anxiety And Depression
- Alcohol-Induced Behavior: Learning from Bad Choices
- Misophonia and Addiction Recovery Meetings: Too Much Noise
- The Therapeutic Value of Animals
- Make Time To Care For Binge Eating Disorder In College
- PTSD Treatment: My Experience With EMDR Therapy
- Establish a Mental Illness Relapse Prevention Plan
- Pitfalls Of The Internet When Battling Schizoaffective Disorder
- Taking Care of Myself Is The Best Way To Care for My Family
- How to Come Off Antidepressants Safely and Without Fear
- Use Social Media to Combat Mental Health Stigma
Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
Thousands Have Joined the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign
But we still need you. Let others know there's no shame in having depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trichotillomania, OCD, ADHD, schizophrenia or any other mental illness.
Join the Stand Up for Mental Health campaign. Put a button on your website or blog (buttons for family members, parents, mental health professionals and organizations too). We also have covers for Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
These stories and more are featured on our mental health news page:
- Childhood Trauma Associated With Worse Impulse Control In Adulthood
- Depression And Obesity Common Among Bipolar Patients With Exhausted Stress System
- Greater Weight Loss During Aging Associated With Increased Risk For Mild Cognitive Impairment
- Repeated Traumatic Experiences Throughout Infancy Multiplies By 7 The Risk Of Psychosis
- Maternal Obesity And Diabetes Linked With Increased Infant Autism Risk
- Women With Sleeping Problems Far More Likely To Develop Diabetes
- Treating Major Depression In Older Adults With Diabetes May Lower Risk Of Death
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Peterson, T. (2016, February 4). If You Live With Mental Illness, Do You Tell People?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2020, April 3 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/if-you-live-with-mental-illness-do-you-tell-people