I recently disclosed to someone I have a mental illness. I knew that my association with this person would be long term and rather than try to hide my symptoms and hope they would just assume I had quirks I took the chance to tell them about my disorder. I was lucky as this nice person was compassionate enough to ask questions and try to understand how it limits me. But this has not been the case and surprising to say but I have had better success talking about mental illness with others who have it who I never met like the wonderful people on HU or new people I meet. Many friends and some family have no interest in my disorder and feel it’s just a hole I dug for myself and need to figure out.
With Covid so don’t really get to meet new people so it’s been a while but when it resolves I think I going to be more open about my MHD.
Do you have an experience to share when someone was compassionate or not about your mental health disclosure?