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   Posted 3/25/2008 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I started going to a new doctor, and I didn't mark on the sheet "depression" when i had to fill out that thing for first-time patients. Mainly, I was too scared to admit I really was/am depressed. I started going to counseling at my school and i feel a lot better. i really would like to tell my family, because they dont know I've been going regularly. Im nervous now that i didn't say anything in the first place, because what if later on in a doctor appt, something comes up about depression(i think its in the family), should i come clean and say that i have been to counseling. im just afraid that my parents will be all weird when they find out ive been going. i know it shouldnt really be a big deal, but it seems like it is.
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   Posted 3/25/2008 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Going to counseling is nothing to be ashamed of or made to feel wierd. It takes courage to do and we are proud of you. I think it is up to you if you want to tell anybody or not. Do what feels right to you. Maybe talk to your counselor about it.

Keep up the good work
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   Posted 3/26/2008 4:49 AM (GMT -6)   

Hiya BTE,

As Karen has said, Depression should not be anything to be ashamed of. There is a terrible stigma of mental illness in some people but mental illness should be treated the same as physical illness. (Darren gets off his high horse now! lol)

Who you tell is your decision and some of that will be guided by how you think people will react. I think you will feel a great sense of relief in sharing the problem with someone. Talking to your councillor is a great idea. They may have suggestions on the best way to tell people as well.


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