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Telling My Friends About My Depression Saved My Life

Ask anyone living with a mental illness and most will agree with you on this: Talking about your illness isn’t easy. And if you live, in particular, with major depressive disorder (MDD) or a similar illness (like bipolar disorder), I find it’s particularly hard to talk about your disease because your depression can be a chronic liar.

It tells you you’re the only person who feels this way, even though 264 million people worldwide live with depression. It tells you it’s your fault for being depressed in the first place, as if you had a choice in the matter.

It tells you you’re not good enough or deserving of support and you should just live with this illness in silence. It even tells you you’re not really depressed; you’re just faking it, not.

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