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I Live with Depression Rather Than Struggle with It: Alia Bhatt’s Sister Shaheen on Instagram

In India, people talk about mental health in hush-hush tones behind closed doors. But ever since Deepika Padukone candidly spoke about her depression, it seems that at least Bollywood is trying to be honest while discussing it. Joining the ranks of celebrities who have refused to shy away from talking about mental health, Alia Bhatt's sister Shaheen Bhatt recently wrote about living with depression in a recent Instagram post.

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Read what she wrote here:

“I've lived with depression on and off since I was about 13 years old. This is not a revelation or a confession. Those who know me know this about me. It's not something I take any pains to hide, I'm not ashamed of it or particularly troubled by it. It's just a part of who I am. I have days where I feel good and then I have days where I don't. One minute everything's fine and the next it's like someone turned the light off inside my head. I go quiet and it's difficult to get out of bed. Like it always does the world around me loses focus and I struggle to make sense of it. Sometimes these bouts last an hour - sometimes they last days. Today, I'm on day 4.

I say I live with depression rather than I struggle with it because for me (and I speak only for myself here) I don't see why it has to be a struggle. I once read an idea by an American essayist called Richard Mitchell which stayed with me; it's now become how I try to approach the dips in my week or month. The idea is this: To be sick, or to suffer, is inevitable. But to become bitter and vindictive in sickness and suffering and to surrender to irrationality, supposing yourself the innocent and virtuous victim of the evils intentions of the world, is not inevitable.

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The appropriate answer to the question - Why me? Is the other question - Why not me?

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Why am I writing about this?

Well, I spend a fair amount of time on social media during the course of my day and today I found myself looking for something to post because it's been a few days since I've posted anything. I couldn't find anything so I figured I'd just talk about this - how I'm doing, instead of what I'm doing. It's as simple as that, and we could all stand to do a little more of it.”

Shaheen's post has more than 5,000 likes (and counting), and people are showing their overwhelming support for her and all those who live with mental illness. 

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