stigma?

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by downnout, Mar 5, 2008.

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  1. downnout

    downnout Well-Known Member

    When people found out you had depression, how did they react?

    I went to a small college and I finally had to take a semester off to treat mine so basically everyone in my grad. class knew, and when I got back I instantly felt like everyone was walking on eggshells around me. They were all super-nice but also far more distant. I also didn't get much understanding from some profs, etc. when it came to deadlines and the sudden drop in my grades, and some of my friends got downright angry at me for oversleeping, being so spacy, etc... It just seems like society has a hard time understanding that it really is an illness and not a personal choice.
     
  2. downnout

    downnout Well-Known Member

    Ha, I just took the time to read some of the other threads in here and see that this question has been well visited already. Sorry to beat a dead horse
     
  3. BOLIAO

    BOLIAO Guest

    i shared with a few of my closest friends of me being suicidal and half of them left.
     
  4. Indeed, from my own experience, there were precious few willing to take a walk on the 'dark side' with me. And yes, it bloody hurts when they up and leave (or become "distant"). It could be their ignorance, their own denial, or that they simply cannot relate... But perhaps that ones that stay are the ones you need, and will continue to be there for you!
     
  5. ggg456

    ggg456 Guest

    I approached my GP. She referred me to the mental health clinic. I told her in these precise words, "I don't want my mother to know." She had no problems with this. What happened? The next week I had a CPN phoning my house, asking for me and telling my mother about my referral and I heard her screaming in the front room. She was howling and crying, afraid I had "gone schizophrenic" and I had my father running into my bedroom grinning saying "S, would you like to be my friend?" after 6 years of mutual silence.

    ...and that was the start of my relationship with mental health services! So much for trust and confidentiality.

    It was terrifying.
     
  6. downnout

    downnout Well-Known Member

    That sounds flat-out... wow.

    :hug:
     
  7. ToHelp

    ToHelp Well-Known Member

    Where are you, in the states? That is a direct violation of federal HIPAA privacy protection.

    Pursue it--they're violating your rights.
     
  8. GoldenPsych

    GoldenPsych Well-Known Member

    MY FAMILY dont know, only people who know is a couple of friends and the bf. After the suicide attempt i told one of my girlfriends, things havent been the same since. I changed jobs as I had time off with the depression and was awful being there them knowing that I had issues with self harm etc. I couldnt stand being there anymore. In my new job in which I have been 6 months they dont know anything. I have been to hispitl numeous times through dsh and also attempts from which have failed etc. My bf thinks it is the one time I have attempted. Also my friends only thinkI have cut once that required stitches but it is a lot more. I cant tell anyone as of the stigma that goes with it. Also I dont want people breathing down my neck all the time.
     
  9. ggg456

    ggg456 Guest

    No I'm in the UK. I was 17 and incredibily unwell, scared and suicidal at that time. I'm 23 now. If that had happened now I'd have made a huge fuss but I was very unwell/scared then.
     
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