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TwinkleT0es
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   Posted 12/12/2015 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
So my GP is very confident with her diagnoses and after reading everything here I am to agree. I am awaiting to see my psych on Jan 8 to await for a formal diagnoses and new Med's.

I guess my main question is that, when do you tell your family or not. I guess I'm scared of the stigma and negative thoughts. I hear their comments about others who we know in town who have mental issues and I'm just terrified of how this will go.

Maybe you folks can share how you approached this subject with your loved ones that would be nice.

Thanks

❤️ K

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 12/12/2015 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
oh, yes. information is power. maybe schedule a meeting with ya psychiatrist to explain the dx better. shrinks are very good with breaking down barriers. I myself went through the hell of judgement and stigma and even more, but I would never change it. we got to educate these people who are ignorant. mental illness is a medical condition. if it were brain cancer it would be different. me, tell them straight up. you will know instantly who will support you and whom will not, sadly the not is family; in some circumstances. information, when, how, treatments etc. understanding is more out there now. get info on support services, they are out there. expletive the lot of them. it is a medical condition and SHOULD be treated like no other condition. keep strong. here for ya.
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TwinkleT0es
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   Posted 12/13/2015 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks sweetie!

jamie79
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   Posted 12/16/2015 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I just got my diagnosis about a month ago. I have to select members of my family who wont share the info with anyone I dont want them to. As far as the rest of my family I am not going to tell them.
They wouldn't understand and would judge.

TwinkleT0es
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   Posted 12/16/2015 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
See Jamie mine are totally the same way. Sigh. And my mom (aka my abuser) would use this against me. My dad would be totally whatever but he can't keep a lid on anything. I kinda blurted it out to a sister in law but I don't know if she told the rest of my husbands family. So yea I'm in the same canoe with ya
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theHTreturns...
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   Posted 12/17/2015 2:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I use to think this way, but I am getting old now. if it is out there, you don't have to hide from it. when people meet me, I say hi, I am Jamie and I live with mental illness. my outstretched hand looking them right in the eye. the judgement will come thick and fast, like, oh, late for my apt, i'll catch up, or oh okay, tell me about it. it infuriates me that we need to be selective or hide mental illness for fear of judgement and stigma, hey I use it to my adv. one life, expletive living with fear..........you know you will greatly manage your illness when it is out there. I have tossed a coin for ya, are ya heads or tails? keep strong.
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A QUOTE FROM THE HAPPY TURTLE THAT REFLECTS ME.

"COMPLEXITY IS MY WAY OF EXPRESSING MY NEEDS IN A MANNER THAT IS NEITHER DESTRUCTIVE, NOR NEGATIVE"
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   Posted 12/22/2015 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Kim, I hide mines from my family and friends. It's hard for me to trust someone or even talk about myself. There are some friends who see through me though so they know what's going on.
It's good to open up and let people know. However, there are some people who may not understand and you have to be careful with those.

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