This is a great thread !
When my Md sent me to a psychiatrist and put me on deanxit untill i could see someone, my mom told me not to tell anyone!
and when i was diagnosed and had to take zoloft, she stressed so severely not to let ANYONE know !
I think she says this because she fears that people will make preconcieved judgments and biases about me, because in this part of the world psychological illness is shameful and it means you are not worthy or capable ! and most people are very ignorant about this type of thing.
I avoid mentioning it
but should the subject come up I will talk about it openly and honestly
and as far as doctors and employers go, I feel that an employer should know, but i also feel that the way and manner in which you inform them is extremely important in how they receive that news.
I am a communication major... oddly enough :P I have found that if you tell people You have A & P in an unsure manner and if you whisper it or look ashamed they are going to perceive it as something to be ahsmaed about, and dont warn anyone about it !
It is a disease we all suffer from and it is real, but it is not contageious or anything to be apologetic about. Should it come up talk about it confidently and casually. I find that when i am able to talk about it without shaking or blushing or stuttering people merely perceive it as another part of who you are.
SOmething very intersting happened to me yesterday in fact. I was in a situation i would not have normally been in if it wasnt for the zoloft. I was talking to two new friends and was describing an anectode that happened to me and one of them said, 'oh social phobia right?' and i was afraid this wud cause akwardness but when i replied lightheartedly 'yep along with anxiety and panic disorders, lucky me right? ' we both just chuckled and moved on ...
i feel its best not to talk about it too long to make things uncomfortable and its all in the way that you portray it.
Im sorry it was a long post, but this is a very intersting topic to me
i hope that was helpful and if it needs to be cut down i will do so gladly
% Yogi with Anxiety %