Hey there, first of all you are not a burden and you will never be one so please turn that thinking around.
I hid my problem for 24 years from many. When I finally just told them they laughed and thought I was joking. I was crushed and finally they believed me. My family has been supportive but unless you live with your own mental health disorder it is difficult for people to understand.
I would suggest you start with the most important person you want to share this info with and just tell the truth. Also add that having this person's support is very important to you. Just being there for you is what you need the most.
You can do this...................gentle hugs to you and keep posting.
Kitt, I actually started telling people. I started with my mom, but I didnt get really far! Then, my best friend, who didnt understand at all. She was lost and had no idea what I was talking about. Then, I told my school counselor. She wants to help I think, but I don't think she fully understands how bad it is for me. Mostly because it is hard for me to let it show. Sometimes I think it really isn't that bad, but it is. And it is hard for me to show it. I don't want people to know that I am not as strong as I seem to be. But, no one is perfect, we all have weaknesses. I guess this is mine.
So, I still go talk to her, once a week now for about 3 months. She still doesn't know everything though. I have a very hard time opening up in person. Then, I told my other best friend. That is where I hit gold! She understood and come to find out she has gone through some of the same things! She knows what I am talking about! She constantly lets me know she is there for me. I don't know what I would do without her. Just last night, I had something happen, I text her anytime I need her and we will text for hours at a time. She helps me talk through whatever is going on. I couldn't do it without her. She is encouraging me to speak up, but not pushing me.
I am sure, one day it will happen. I hate to hide it, but its hard for me to accept my weakness. So, luckily I have her for now. And you guys of course! I let her know how much she means to me and how much I appreciate her being there for me. Which is good, because I trust her and I can tell her anything and she will understand.
Just not sure how I will tell my parents. Or family. And how they will respond to it.
So, thanks guys. Take care!