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    robynmeiriona posted:
    Hi all,[br>I'm new to the chat boards and new to seeking help for my depression. I was wondering how others deal with the stigma of mental illnesses? And the embarrassment of having other know about your condition?[br>I'm a college student and recently had to "confess" about my depression to a teacher. I had been in a down spiral, and unable to concentrate on work, and thus didn't finish an important assignment on time. I wanted to explain myself to this teacher as I care about the class and am usually a very good student. He was understanding and gave me a bit of extra time to finish the assignment. Though, now I'm embarrassed that he knows this about me and saw me in a moment of weakness. I guess I'm worried that he is judging me. I'm not sure how to handle future interactions with him.[br>Has anyone ever been in a similar situation? Any advice/tips?[br>Thanks!
    robynmeiriona responded:
    Sorry for the weird format... I copied and pasted from an older post that I think I posted in the wrong area.
    lexismom11 responded:
    I think as time goes on and you realize that there are a lot of people who suffer from depression, your feelings will change some. You won't feel so embarrassed about others knowing you suffer from depression. It doesn't make you less of a person or less worthy of respect or dignity, it just means you have issues that you deal with. Having to tell someone is hard, I know because I have been in that position. Just know that you are probably judging yourself harsher then your teacher is judging you. He wouldn't have given you more time if you didn't deserve it and he didn't have some sort of compassion in him. Just keep being the good student you are. When I had to tell my employer because I needed time off, it was hard, but I had to keep doing my job when I got back and that was the difference in how they thought of me.

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