There was a time when I didn't believed Depression is a mental illness.
What is depression? How can someone who is smiling and partying around can be dpressed? I was quite oblivious to mental health issues. ‘Can’t you just think positive, like everyone else?' There are unwritten rules for answering certain questions. When people ask: “how are you?” they expect to get the statutory “I’m fine thanks, how are you?” Not: “I feel like I’m falling apart and I can’t cope,” or “I don’t know how I’ll get through the day,” or some other variation of the hellish truth. That makes for a rubbish situation where, even when you get texts or actual face-to-face enquiries into your wellbeing, you skirt around it or make something up or dismiss it.
When I used to hear about someone being depressed the first thing that I think about was “What have they got to be depressed about?” .Take Robin Williams for example. Known for his seemingly happy-go-lucky nature and vivacious sense of humour. Clearly his smile was hiding a world of pain. But he’s rich, he’s famous, he’s successful. What’s he got to be depressed about? We’ll never know the answer to that, but we need to stop asking the question.
I thank Deepika Padukone for coming forward and talking about it. She decided not to treat her depression as a pile of laundry that you don't wanna show in your instagram pictures. “The perception and the general understanding was that I was at a professional high, But what I was also experiencing was this hollow, empty, pittish feeling … I would just cry out of nowhere.” Deepika Padukone has been open about her struggle with depression. She in fact, has founded an organisation to help people with the condition. Deepika has reinforced this fact multiple times that depression is a clinical condition and one cannot control it.
Many people might think of a period of poor mental health as being incapable of getting out of bed in the morning, or a severe lack of motivation and reluctance to do anything. Certainly, for many people these symptoms are prominent at times.
However, some who are living with a mental illness, or generally struggling with mental health, are high-functioning. They still live out their day-to-day lives like normal. They go to work, socialise, and function like anyone else.
Today every chance I get I try to explain people and make aware that Depression is not to be ingnored. Reading about Deepika Padukone's fight against depression made me realize how ingnorant I have been and made a promise never to take depression lightly again.
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