Protect yourself. There are real pros and cons to telling your story in public. Decide what's right for you.
Ultimately, the choice to disclose is yours. You can write your story for yourself, share it with close friends and family, or open it up for the world to see. Only you know which path is best for you.
There are pros and cons to disclosing your experiences with mental or emotional illness. Below is a list of benefits and costs that you should consider before sharing your story in public:
Be yourself. Good stories are personal. Use everyday language and write with first-person words like "me", "I", and "my".
Use concrete examples. Talk about specific people, place and times.
|Two ways to talk about depression||Impact|
|Concrete||Sometimes I would get so depressed that I would lie in my bed and cry for three days or more||Your reader or listener can clearly imagine being in bed for 72 hours|
|Abstract||Depression is like a dark cloth causing utter sadness||This is vague and difficult to make sense of|
Be truthful. People distrust stories that sound too good — or too bad — to be true. Stick to what actually happened. That's where you'll find your story's power.