Starting the Conversation about Depression

Starting the Conversation about Depression

In growing up, boys are taught to “be a man.” This can be straight up destructive as boys are taught not to cry or to suck it up. Boys will internalize that they should ignore and suppress their feelings. So when they grow up, they believe that feelings are a weakness.

Because of this, a majority of men find depression to be a difficult subject to discuss with others. Women, too, can feel like they shouldn’t ask for help. They think depression is just an abundance of sad emotions. However, if you are diagnosed with clinical depression, it is not an emotional imbalance. It is a disease that needs to be treated.

The first thing that you need to do if you think you may be experiencing the disease of depression is to talk to someone. That is the first step to recovery and getting the treatment you need. You may want to try starting the conversation with a friend or family member who will be able to help you look for treatment. Another thing you can do is to talk to your primary care physician so that he or she may refer you to a therapist or a psychiatrist.“I’ve been getting pretty stressed lately.”

But how do you start that conversation? There are several ways you can get into it. Start by turning to a reliable friend or family member and telling them:

  • “Lately, I’ve been feeling very stressed.”
  • “I think something might be wrong with me. I’m going through a difficult time.”
  • “Have you noticed me feeling down lately?”
  • “I think I may be depressed.”

 

You may have to be prepared to get different responses from different people. That is okay. Some people will understand, and some people will not. The point is that you have done what you can to start the difficult conversation, and that puts you one step closer to seeking treatment.

You should remember that depression is a mental illness. You may need therapy or medication. There may be other alternative methods to treat your depression, too, like herbal remedies and exercise. The most important thing you can do, though, is to start the conversation.

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