I tried that, I thought if I was honest about it and totally open about it my friends and others would accept me for who I am. Well, when I first confided in them, they gave me a hug and told me they would always be there for me. The next day I would look up at work and some of them would wave at me, then as time went by I began getting more and more waves and less visits from my friends. Sometimes they would group up, but I was never invited in the group. I had a few very true friends that stuck by me, but a very few. My advice would be is to keep it to a very small trusted group [be sure you would trust them with your life]. Donn't come out and share your mental illness unless you like being treated like a leper. Your experience might be totally different, I hope it is.