Should you keep your mental illness a secret? Watch
Thinking about it I regret telling My grandparents about it and my aunt because they are all so against the medication I take going to the extent of hiding it from me (my grandma) when I am visiting her. They all want me to stop taking my medicine and don't seem to understand depression as they probably never had strong urges to commit suicide.
After starting my medicine unpleasant thoughts and thoughts of suicide drastically decreased. I recognised when not taking my medicine when my grandma hid them I would only sleep 5 hours and I would feel very down to the point I would cry.
When I first had bouts of depression I was very ashamed and didn't want to let school know but I eventually did as my therapist persuaded me to. I am very ashamed about having autism also only my closest friends, school, closest family members.
I guess the reason I feel like that is because of the stigma attached and also many people don't seem to understand the conditions themselves very well and thus make unfair judgements.
Share your experiences.
That doesn't mean you should tell everyone. It's your choice who you tell and that is a difficult choice often with hard work. Perhaps it could be family, perhaps it could be particular friends or acquaintances.
Some people tell their families/gf/bf/workplace and get really positive stories, a lot of people somewhere in the middle and some negative.
I don't tell my parents (grandparents are all dead now), both of them have mental illness themselves but also have very limited insight into other people and there is the question of how aware they are of it in themselves and other people (almost 0% I would say in my father's case). I volunteer for a mental health charity - my parents have absolutely no idea I do that, nor do most people I know in real life. I don't tell most of my friends (one was really negative about it). I have two friends who I can talk to about mental health stuff and that's good enough for me. I have other strangers that I can talk and listen to about anxiety/depression. At current university I haven't disclosed it to my department/faculty as I think it would be an extremely negative thing. At my last two workplaces some people found out about it as it was disclosed without my permission and until the last year I was there, that was pretty much entirely negative. You get pigeon-holed and people over read you. Mental health disclosure in relationships - 100% negative experiences for me there too.
And I'm sorry to have to say this but if your grandma is hiding your medication then you really need to minimise the amount of contact you have with her, or at least keep medication on you at all times so she has zero access. Not allowing someone to take their prescribed medication is a wholly irresponsible and dangerous thing to do regardless of their personal feelings about the situation.