When you’re diagnosed with a serious mental health disorder, you’re probably feeling some trepidation about sharing the diagnosis with the people in your life—friends, family, co-workers, etc. Should you tell them and if so, how? What’s the best way to share the news? What if they aren’t supportive? Will you be better or worse for revealing the intimate workings of your mind—and your path to sounder mental health? Here’s how one person handled it.

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Living with Uncertainty

Each mental health “coming out” is unique and shaped by individual circumstances. Factors like the comfort level of the person sharing the information and the relationship they have with the person they’re telling—whether it’s supportive or volatile; easy-going or strained. All that’s in play here.

Some prefer a less is more approach—basic information delivered via text message. For others, a one-on-one conversation feels more appropriate. Holding a family meeting or announcing it on social media are also options to consider.

Here’s a look at the experience told through a personal story.

Updated: Jul 29, 2021
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