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How To Tell Someone You Struggle With Depression
From the author of the #1 international mental health bestseller DEPRESSIONISALIARAs anyone whos ever suffered from depression knows, it can make us feel like were living in a body that fights to survive, with a mind that tries to die. It can make us feel scared, miserable, empty, numb, ashamed, embarrassed and unable to recognise the fun, happy person we used to be. It can make it impossible to be able to construct or even envision a future. It can make us feel so confused and mixed up that we cant see a single answer for any of the problems in our lives, and it can make us feel devastatedly helpless as a result. It can be so overwhelming that it can feel as if were fighting to keep our head above water when its up to our nose, and the water keeps getting deeper, and we dont know how to swim, and theres no one around to save us, and no matter how much we kick and struggle and scream, we just keep sinking. And after a while, it can make us question, whats the point? Whats the point in continuing to fight a battle we dont think we can win? And it can make us wonder if everything wouldnt be better if we just disappeared. Under any circumstances, depression is a horribly, horribly difficult illness to deal with. However, what makes it all the more crippling is that due to the stigma surrounding it, many sufferers dont feel as if they can talk about it with their loved ones. Consequently, instead of receiving the care and support they need, they keep all their pain to themselves, and thus have that pain compounded by feeling isolated, alone, and misunderstood. Hi, my name’s Danny Baker, and unfortunately, I know exactly how that feels. When I was younger, I suffered from life-threatening bouts of depression that for four years led to alcoholism, drug abuse, medicine-induced psychosis and multiple hospitalisations and when I was first afflicted by the illness, I had very few people to talk to about it. Like many other sufferers, I was too scared to tell my friends what I was going through, and on the rare occasions I tried to, the conversation would never go the way Id want, and once again, Id find myself feeling bereft of support. Yet over time, I realised that being able to talk about my condition was a skill like anything else, and as I continued to hone it, I started having a lot more of the open, honest, comfortable conversations that I wanted to have. And, thanks to this, in the latter months and years that I battled the black dog, I was able to cultivate a wonderful group of friends and family members that I could turn to for help. In this courseHow ToTell Someone You Struggle With DepressionIll show you how you can tell your loved ones that you suffer from depression in such a way that it leads to you having your own open, honest, comfortable conversations about your illness, andthus ultimately results in you developing that understanding network of supporters that you so richly deserve. HERE’S A SECTION-BY-SECTION BREAKDOWN OF THIS COURSE, AND EXACTLY WHAT YOU’LL LEARN BY TAKING IT: SECTION 1: Welcome and overview. SECTION 2: Why it’s a good idea to talk about our depression. If were not sold on the benefits of opening up about our illness in the first place, then its highly unlikely that were going to actually do so. Accordingly, were going to start by outlining the seven reasons why its important to talk about our depression with the people closest to us. SECTION3: Addressing common worries associated with talking about our depression. Even if were convinced that its a good idea to talk about our illness, we may have a few fears, worries or misconceptions that are holding us back from doing so. In this lecture, well confront some of the most common concerns people have head on, including: Worrying that others will judge us;Stressing out that no one willunderstand us;Being scared of opening ourselves up and talking about something personal;Worrying that were burdening our loved ones;Feeling as if no one would care. SECTION4: Preparing to have a conversation about our depression. If we want to feel comfortable telling our loved ones about our depression, then its helpful for us to do some preparation beforehand. In order for us to be as prepared as possible, this section will cover five key concepts, including: How to getin the right mindset (which can make or break any conversation about our depression);How to decide who to talk to about our depression (including whether or not to tell our employer or someone who we’ve recently started dating);How to decide how much to tell someone about our depression;How to decide where to tell them;How to decide when to tell them. SECTION 5: Having the conversation about our depression. Once were convinced that its beneficial to talk about our illness; addressed all our fears and worries that are associated with doing so; gotten into the right mindset; and decided who to tell, how much to tell them, where to tell them and when to tell them, it will (finally!) be time to go ahead and have that all-important conversation about our depress
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