Hi. I've had periods of low moods and depression for a number of years. Finally in May I realised I needed to get some help and I've worked hard over the past 6 months to become far more aware and take a lot better care of myself in order to manage my mental health.
I like to be open with people about what has happened and that I have a mental illness, but I don't want to use the word 'suffer'. For me it's too much of a negative word and I don't want to say "I suffer with depression". People with other illness rarely say they suffer with x or y, so why should I say that about my depression?
Any thoughts about what I could say, how do you communicate about it?