How Do You Tell Other People? Depression: An Invisible Illness

By Liv - January 04, 2019

For the longest time, I was so scared to tell people. I could just hear them telling me that it was all my fault, or someone like me couldn't have depression. But depression doesn't care about who you are, who you know, or what you have. Eventually, I felt ready to tell. But there were thoughts swirling in my head. Who do I tell? When do I tell? Why do I tell? How do I tell? 
There's no perfect way to answer these questions. You tell who you want, when you want, where you want, and how much you want.

I tried to kill myself and ended up in a psych ward. But the worst thing for me was coming back. I didn't know how to tell people or what to tell people. I started simple. I wrote down who checked in on me. I looked through the list. A few names jumped out at me. I told them the truth. And I whittled the list down to the very last few. They only got told I was sick and in the hospital.

It was my choice. I could tell the whole world, or I could tell no one. I could tell everyone the whole truth, or I could tell everyone just a little part of the story. That's the key answer to this question. You can ask people how you should tell for the rest of your life, but they can never give you the answer.

Only you can because you are the only person who can make that decision. In fact, there really isn't one. It's all about what you decide and you should never let anyone tell you how to share, how to respond, or how to heal.

Love and support,
ps: since this is only my first entry they are going to get longer, I'm just learning :)

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  1. Beautiful post Liv, and very true. I'm so glad you feel comfortable enough to share here :)