Talk about it

For many people who struggle with depression or related illnesses, discussing their situation with others poses a great challenge.

When is it a good idea to talk to someone about your illness? How do you begin the conversation? From talking with your doctor to sharing with a friend or coworker, helping you tackle these issues is the objective of this section of the website.

To begin with, here are a few important questions to ask yourself:   

There are no easy or “right” answers to these questions. Each individual’s situation will lead to a different course of action. You will probably formulate a different strategy for communicating in different circumstances. The information that follows has been compiled to help you give careful and thoughtful consideration to when and how you might share with: