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My mom always thinks anything I say is a joke. When I told her I had depression, she told me I was being dramatic.What do I do?

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Last Updated: 10/01/2019 at 11:46pm
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October 1st, 2019 11:46pm
Certain feelings are better understood when explained with an example as others might misunderstand or negate it by thinking you’re inclined to get to a conclusion. I’d rephrase my feelings first, for a mother, it can be painful to accept that you’re depressed. I’m sure she’ll understand once she knows where it’s all coming from. Once she is too involved in the conversation, you can let her know what do you think it could be so you better manage the conversation and her feelings. I would read her expressions, find the right time for this sort of conversation and gather her thoughts when I would share my feelings.
July 23rd, 2018 7:03pm
That was not a very compassionate reaction. You are not dramatic. You are a human being with human emotions, and your feelings are valid. You are entitled to how you feel.
August 7th, 2018 5:51am
The only thing you can do is let her know how you feel because bottling up is going to hurt you even more, and nobody wants to have more suffering.
December 4th, 2018 8:14pm
Well you sit your mother down if you can and try to explain what is going on in your life so that she does not look at you as being dramatic first off. People have to treat people as they wanted to be treated and to me it is important that people like your parents have to stop what is important and listen to the people around them like there family. There is always a will do making someone see the light in a time of darkness and this is what we need to focus on is that we all can make that difference in this world.