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Talking About Depression

Struggling with depression is incredibly difficult. But talking about depression with your loved ones and healthcare providers is sometimes even harder.

There are some important points to consider when you think it is time to bring your depression into the open. Some questions you may have in mind include:

  • How do you go about bringing up the subject of depression?
  • When should you say it?
  • How much should you reveal, and what should you keep private?
  • Who should you tell?

The answers are not simple, and circumstances vary. Everyone should contemplate how and what they are going to say when starting this discussion, and below are some suggestions which may be helpful.

Depression is a form of illness, and like a physical illness, it needs to be addressed carefully and with discretion. The similarity between the two is that you are revealing something about yourself that may be difficult for others to hear. You should be cognizant about bringing the subject up in the right place, at the right time.

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN TALKING ABOUT DEPRESSION

Sometimes we protect ourselves because we fear others may label or judge us; perhaps we feel that there is a stigma associated with being depressed, so we retain our privacy about the situation. But with this privacy comes secrecy and isolation from others, which can contribute to a depressed state. To keep depression a secret can potentially be harmful to you, but on the flipside, sharing it with others can have a tremendous impact in reducing the feelings of loneliness you may be having. You are not as alone as you might believe, and the realization others do care can be liberating and healing.

Here are some other things to consider:

  • You have a right to your privacy, so if you choose to share your personal information, it is no one’s choice but your own. Therefore, you are in complete control of who you speak with, and how much you choose to reveal about your depression. You are never required to tell more than you are comfortable with - and this fact does not make you a dishonest person.
  • When you are speaking to your doctor, however, it is a different story. Your doctor may be concerned with evaluating your physical condition that a discussion about your emotional well-being may not be initiated. If you are having problems with depression, you should be very honest and forthright with your doctor so that the various treatment options can be reviewed.
  • You are the only person who knows who you can trust, so everyone that you know does not need to be in the loop concerning your mental health. Even if you only have one person in mind who is completely trustworthy and will keep your situation confidential, that one person is enough.
  • If you still aren’t comfortable talking with a friend or relative, perhaps a hotline or mental health forum on a reputable website may be a step in the right direction. So many people suffer from depression that there are multiple organizations and support groups which offer free help and guidance.
  • There are no rules that state you are required to divulge your most personal information with others. You should always feel free to change the subject if the conversation becomes uncomfortable to you.

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