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Arrow tell? - September 13th 2011, 08:56 PM

ive been thinking about telling my two friends about my S.A.D but i haven't gotten the chance. im really scared about it and what might happen to.i know how easily it could get out and i already feel like enough of a freak!i dont want everyone knowing because they would find someway to use it against me and to bully me. if i tell them that could happen, if i dont ill just be suffering ( breaking down, having panic attacks) in silence. i want to tell them but im so scared!
   
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Re: tell? - September 14th 2011, 03:51 AM

First of all, have you been officially diagnosed with S.A.D.? Like, legitimate professional diagnosis, treatment, and the such?


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Re: tell? - September 14th 2011, 11:56 PM

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Re: tell? - September 15th 2011, 06:25 PM

Then you probably shouldn't say anything. If you're not legitimately diagnosed, and you say something to them, it could be seen as a cry for attention, or even lying.

I suggest, before you start confessing these kinds of things to people, you see a mental health professional first.


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Re: tell? - September 16th 2011, 07:40 AM

Before you begin announcing to the world you have SAD or whatever other diagnosis, be sure to be properly diagnosed by a licensed medical doctor. Even if you were an expert in SAD, it would be best to have a medical doctor (i.e. psychiatrist) assess you. If you tell them you have SAD but say you aren't diagnosed, it would raise eyebrows because you've just admitted right to someone's face that you're lying to them. If you do this over and over, it would be viewed by others as a cry for attention by faking psychiatric disorders and people would eventually get annoyed with your antics. It could even lead to such a point where people are unsure when you're lying and when you're not.

To put a practical aspect on it, if someone said only once to me they had SAD and weren't diagnosed, I would find that strange but I'd be willing to tell them to get diagnosed and not self-diagnose. I wouldn't make a big deal out of it though, I may even ask why they think they have SAD. However, if someone did this numerous times, I'd get annoyed and probably wouldn't bother with you at all.


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