Alia Bhatt’s Sister Shaheen Bhatt Writes A Post About Depression And Guides Us How To Live With It

1:31 pm 25 Nov, 2016


Depression is like a dejected phase which makes us helpless and hopeless about everything. The mind loses its rationality to think straight and positive and our body becomes a lousy victim of his uncontrollable, lunatic feeling. But, the truth is that such phases in life are inevitable because we are humans, not machines and our emotional balance due to various reasons can go through a downfall.

Most of us feel afraid in talking about it, thinking that others might judge us and call us “abnormal”. To break such taboos related to mental health, Bollywood celebs like Deepika Padukone, Ilena D’cruz have openly shared their battle with depression and made us realize that it is not something to be ashamed of, rather one should learn to fight it.

And now, joining them is Alia Bhatt’s sister, Shaheen Bhatt. Shaheen wrote an honest post on depression and we must say, her way to deal with depression is quite mature and healthy.

This is what she has to say:

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. The appropriate answer to the question – Why me? is the other question – Why not me? *** 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. P.S. That picture just seemed to work in this context.

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Read the text:

“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.

The appropriate answer to the question – Why me? is the other question – Why not me?

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. P.S. That picture just seemed to work in this context.”

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