Whom In My Life Should I Tell About My Depression?

Question: Whom in my life should I tell about my depression?

Answer: I think when somebody's feeling depressed, they should tell the people that they know love them and care about them: people in their family, close friends, and trusted people at school like coaches, or counselors, or teachers.

They may choose to tell their clergy if they're involved in extracurricular activities at school, they may tell the person who's overseeing that as well. I don't think you need to tell everybody you're depressed -- there's no need to do that. But certainly, you want to tell people who can comfort you and support you.

Oftentimes when people are depressed, they don't think anybody likes them or cares about them. And so when you're thinking about who to tell, you should think about the people who you knew loved you and cared about you before you got depressed, because they still really do.

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