One reason to tell family and friends about your mental illness is to receive encouragement. Simply talking to someone sympathetic can reduce your stress level and improve your mood. You may also want to ask for concrete support, like help finding treatment or rides to appointments.
Should you tell someone they have a mental illness?
While some people are ready to tell their partners the ins and the outs of their illness, this is not a requirement. So, feel free to tell them only what you are comfortable with whether its just the name of your illness or some of your symptoms. You can have the full discussion in your own time.
How do you tell someone about mental illness?
Eight tips for talking about mental healthSet time aside with no distractions. Let them share as much or as little as they want to. Dont try to diagnose or second guess their feelings. Keep questions open ended. Talk about wellbeing. Listen carefully to what they tell you.More items
Should I tell him about my mental illness?
Wait until youre ready You are under no obligation to divulge information about your mental health, even to a loved one. So NAMI suggests you know why youre choosing this moment to have this particular conversation. Dont force it, and dont talk until youre ready.