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How to Talk About Depression With Your Loved Ones

How to Talk About Depression With Your Loved Ones

  • Posted at Nov 15, 2021
  • Written by Rebecca

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect nearly every aspect of a person’s life; their behavior, relationships, career or education, and how they think. Most of all, depressive disorders affect the way that a person feels. It comes with intense feelings of sadness, despair, hopelessness, guilt, and shame. These feelings can make it challenging to attend to day-to-day tasks and activities. Plus, dealing with these feelings and behaviors can feel isolating. So, many people who deal with depression disorders don’t tell their loved ones about what they’re experiencing. This is why it’s important to know how to talk about depression with people you love. This way, those who are dealing with depression can get the support they need from those they care about most.

Who Should You Talk to About Depression?

Before talking to those you love about depression and symptoms you’re dealing with, it can help to pinpoint who you want to tell. First and foremost, it’s important to understand that you don’t have to tell anyone about your mental health issues if you don’t want to. It’s completely up to you. So, if there is family or friends who you don’t want to talk to about depression you’re experiencing, don’t feel that you’re obligated to tell them. But, it’s also important to know that telling people about what you’re going through can be helpful. This is because sharing this part of your life with those you love can provide you with support and encouragement when you need it.

So, when determining who you’re going to talk to about your depression diagnosis, make sure you consider those you trust. And, those who you know will be a source of support and encouragement. These types of people will listen to you without judgment and not base your identity on your mental health experience.

How to Talk About Depression With Others

So, now that you’ve considered who you’d talk to about your depression symptoms, it can be helpful to understand how to approach the subject. Certainly, you want to have this discussion in private, so it can help to have a conversation that’s planned and in a place that you’re comfortable with. Furthermore, it can help to identify what you want to talk about beforehand. You can do this by writing down topics and symptoms you want to address during your conversation and taking these notes with you. This will also let you keep the conversation on track.

Be Prepared for Different Reactions From Loved Ones

You can’t know how a loved one will react to your depression diagnosis unless you actually tell them. And, since everyone’s different, every reaction will be different. It can be helpful to know and accept this before talking to people you care about regarding a depression diagnosis. Some people may be sad, some may try to offer advice, and some may be completely supportive and accepting. Whichever the case, make sure you understand that someone’s reaction to your depression diagnosis shouldn’t be taken personally by you. And, that it may take time for some of your loved ones to accept and digest the information about your diagnosis before moving forward.

Don’t Feel Obliged to Talk About It All

You don’t have to have the same conversation about a depression diagnosis with every person you care about. For example, you may want to tell people you’re closer to more about what you’re experiencing. And, those you aren’t as close to very little. In any case, understand that how much or how little you share is completely up to you. Don’t feel forced into sharing any information you don’t want to. Additionally, on the other hand, if you’re feeling comfortable and supported, you don’t have to hold back either.

Get Help With Talking to Loved Ones About Mental Health and Depression

If you’re finding it difficult to speak with people you care about regarding your experience with depression, professional help is available. Specifically, family therapy can help both families and individuals dealing with depression with how to talk about depression. This way, a healthy and supportive environment is created and maintained when addressing depression and the symptoms that come with this mental health diagnosis.

Yellowbrick offers family therapy and assistance for people dealing with mental health issues, including depressive disorders. Find out more about how we can help by visiting our website.

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