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Talking to your friends about your depression

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Why you should talk about depression

Choosing to tell the people closest to you about your diagnosis and your struggles can be very healing, especially if they offer support and encouragement. They can also provide a safety net, especially if your condition worsens or if you need help or support. The key is that you try not to deal with depression alone.

What to consider before you disclose

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Some people don't understand depression

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How many people should you tell?

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How you feel about your depression

Tips on disclosing your depression

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Pick a day and time when you're feeling okay and you feel like talking

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Choose a casual environment for sharing the details

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Share as much or as little information as you want

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Rehearse the conversation in your head or write it down

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Try not to worry about what the person will think

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Let the person know how they can help

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Remember that their reaction is not a reflection on you

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Set some boundaries if needed

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