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Its so common, it could be anyone. The trouble is nobody wants
to talk about it. And that makes everything worse - Ruby Wax
I suffer from depression. There I said it!
Its so common, it could be anyone. The trouble is nobody wants to talk about it. And that makes everything worse - Ruby Wax
I suffer from depression. There I said it! But ssshhhh most of my relatives and even some of my friends or colleagues dont know about it. Why? Because its still not okay in most communities, especially in India, to openly accept that one suffers from mental health conditions.
According to a study published by NIMHANS, 1 in 20 individuals suffer from chronic depression. Even today, most people find it extremely uncomfortable to talk about their mental health conditions owing to the stigma associated with it. A person with a mental health condition is often thought to be crazy and so who really wants to be associated with a crazy person? It is only when a person decides to end his/her life owing to their difficulties in coping with stress and disappointments, do their families notice the adverse effect of mental health conditions on ones overall well-being and their ability to reason and cope with their frustration and despondency with life.
However, the seriousness of mental health conditions is rarely comprehended by the common masses. This is essentially owing to the lack of awareness and also the failure to understand that our mind needs as much care as body and hence mental health is as important as physical health. I guess most of us also tend to overlook the fact that our MIND is also a part of our BODY!
So, the next time someone in your family or a loved one shows symptoms of being unusually low and completely detached, is too stressed or has a tendency to self harm, please do pay heed to them and ta to them. Believe me when I say this that their unexpressed emotions will never really go away or die. They will remain buried for the time being but will come forth later on in much uglier and sadder ways.