I have had depression for a number of years and i hide this from many people: my house mates, even though there quite good friends one is a psychiatric nurse and 1 is depressed herself. I have never told my best friends from university either. I have lived in London for the past few years and have told some of my close friends here. I think ive found this easier as a lot of them have their own experiences with mental illness. therefore im not sure why its hard with my housemate. I think maybe with the 2 of them its difficult now because we have discussed mental illness so much that it seems strange to say it now after not saying it all this time. I find its a hard thing to know when/how to bring up. The same sort of thing applies with my university friends. I also thinkI have a subconscious fear that they wont know how to react/ wont be as supportive as i hope which is probably unfair. I dont know whether holding this back could be contributing to my TMS symptoms or is being aware of emotions myself enough without sharing them with other people?