I tend to be a very open person with my mental illness because I feel it is important for people to know so that they can take the appropriate measures if something goes wrong. However I have several friends and family members who don't believe me. They constantly tell me that my anxiety is just stress from school and that depression isn't real and I shouldn't be/ have no reason to be sad all the time. I've tried to explain to them but my family members who think this way have just decided I'm too dramatic and don't talk to me anymore. They keep spreading rumors through my family that aren't true. The problem is sometimes I believe them. I think I'm being over dramatic and that just makes me worse. It makes me frustrated and sad and confused. It makes me want to keep to myself, and lately I have been. I stay in my room and just lay in bed. I only get up when my hunger becomes painful. I think my depression is getting worse but I'm afraid to say something. I was only diagnosed with depression about 5 months ago and it's very new to me. I'm not sure how to articulate my feelings because I just get brushed off. It's even hard to tell my doctor. I just really needed to get it out.