Star kid Shaheen Bhatt talked about her battle with depression in a heart rendering Instagram post she shared yesterday. The daughter of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and sister of actress Alia Bhatt, Shaheen, 27, wrote that she has been fighting this illness since she was 13.
In the post, Shaheen owned her depression saying she doesn’t believe in hiding it as it is a part of her existence. Revealing how harrowing the disease gets, she said that from being fine one second she goes to being completely blank the next. She pointed out of having days where she struggled to get out of bed. She also suggested that rather than asking ‘Why Me’, every time one hit low doesn’t help. In fact, the questions should be ‘Why not me’.
Here is the picture Shaheen posted on the photo sharing app.
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.
Lauding his daughter’s bravery to address depression, Mahesh Bhatt shared her post on Twitter and wrote that light can be found on embracing darkness.
Only when you embrace your 'darkness' that u will see 'light'. https://t.co/FiqBjUwrJd— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) November 23, 2016
Shaheen, is usually seen smiling in sister Alia’s pictures on social media, but her revelation points out that there is another side of her too.
Lately, Bollywood has become quite vocal about dealing with mental illness. Instances of opening up of Deepika Padukone and Karan Johar explained that depression can creep anytime and anywhere in a person’s life. These celebrities who spoke about battling the mental illness also urged others to break stereotypes and talk about it.