"I felt like I had to tell people, but found that not much good comes from it."
As for explaining to people when I first meet them about my diagnosis. I was doing that at first, and it did not work out well for me at all.
I found that if I talk to somebody, and I just be myself, I’ll hang out with them for like a month, and then I’ll bring it up. Because otherwise I think they look out to see, "oh, I’ll find the thing that you do that makes you crazy."
I definitely have found that waiting is better when meeting new people because I know when I first got my diagnosis, I felt like I had an obligation to let people know. I think because of the negative stigma that went along with it, that after I was diagnosed I was like, "Oh, I’m a danger to people because I’m diagnosed with this." I felt like I had to tell people, but found that not much good comes from it.
Even if you do have symptoms that maybe they should be aware of, I think in a huge way, you’re kind of leading them to speculate and get a false idea of what the disorder might actually entail.
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