Okay maybe you don’t tell them straight away, I usually don’t, though I feel like they need to know about me in case I ever get in a bad way. Just so they are prepared for it - if I suddenly locked myself in my room all day, not eating or drinking, people would probably find me pretty weird if they didn’t know I had a mental illness.
Warning, some readers may find this post triggering.
I have been gathering research for the past week or so on what people actually think about depression as an illness. I was shocked, upset and almost angry at what I saw amongst some social networking sites and forums.