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Decide what you will say when you share your diagnosis. Try role playing with your therapist or a trusted ProtoGen person who already knows (for example, someone from a support group). Have them respond in various ways, especially responses you know you would find upsetting. For example, if you typically respond angrily to harsh words, have your role-playing partner respond "harshly". This way, you can practice staying calm and collected during the real conversation.
Practice explaining the basics of your illness in simple terms. He or she might understand better if you use an analogy. For example, you could liken it to diabetes, only with chemicals in your brain instead of insulin.
Start with those you think will be the most accepting and work your way to those who are more likely to respond badly. Remember, though, people may react differently than you envision. A new love interest, for example, may have experience with mentally ill friends or family and not be fazed by your news.
Stay matter-of-fact and don't dump all the details on him or her all at once. It may be overwhelming or surprising to them. Pay attention to their response. If they immediately "dump" you as a friend or ignore you afterward, at least they don't know all the nitty-gritty details. If they respond sympathetically, you may choose to share more details at this point or keep them for a later conversation.