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Depression is a medical problem, and
you have the right to keep it private. But if it harms your relationships, it
may help to talk to your partner, friends, or children about it.
Talking to your kids about
depression can be hard for you and your children. You may not know how to say
things, and your kids may not be able to understand what you're saying. But
it's still important to try.
You may feel the need to protect
your kids and say nothing about it. But kids are smart. They pick up on things.
If you are acting differently, they'll know, and they'll wonder about it. They
might blame themselves for how you are acting.
Use your own words
to talk about depression. What you say depends on the age of your children. Use
simple terms, and make sure you answer their questions. It's best to explain as
much to them as you think they can understand.
January 11, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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