Thanks for bringing up an important question. Family has the potential to play a significant role in someone's recovery from mental illness, and this could be a positive or negative role depending on the way the family view mental illness.
In my experience, I found that I didn't tell my parents I was struggling. There was another issue, you see. I myself didn't know I was struggling and didn't realise I was suffering from an illness. I was only overwhelmed by my emotions and weariness. I felt like I was losing my mind.
Initially, my parents similarly didn't understand mental illness and did not know how to react. We had countless arguments and fights before we both came to the understanding that something was wrong. In fact, in my experience, they realised something was wrong before I did. So I didn't really "tell them" per se. We sort of worked it out the hard way.
By that time though, I had heard it all. It's attention-seeking. Youth. Ungratefulness. At some stages, I believed those things myself because of how much it was said to me. But luckily for me, we have all undergone a growth and learning experience as a family and we all are well aware of mental illness and how it's just that - an illness. I think this change is reflective of what Hayfa mentioned about the way an initial clash can turn into constructive dialogue about mental health despite existing cultural stigmas.
Has anyone else had a similar experience where you didn't realise you had a mental illness?
Also wanted to add my two cents' worth about the whole notion of "attention-seeking". Sometimes some of the things people do when they have mental are indeed seeking attention, seeking attention to get help. I think"attention-seeking" is not necessarily a bad thing. Outside the mental illness context, seeking attention might also be asking for more emotional support from a parent for example. But now I'm delving into parenting - and I'm not a parent so I wouldn't know a thing! Donte' you'd be able to agree/disagree with me?
Honoured to be reading all these insightful posts guys!