Sister Love: How Alia Bhatt Feels Guilty For Not Understanding Her Sisterâs Depression Battle On Time December 3, 2019
What is depression according to you? That stomach-churning feeling that you get even when everything around seems to fall in the âall is wellâ category? Or is it when you zone out in the middle of engaging, interesting conversations with your close folks? We think that there cannot be a well-defined meaning of depression that can be declared worldwide. Every person who has or who is facing depression will have their own individual way of defining and explaining what theyâre going through.
Earlier people never paid much heed to mental health. However, now, thanks to the shift in belief systems, mental health is slowly getting the attention that it requires as something that is as vital as the physical health of a person. We should be glad that weâre born in an era where people are coming out in open and talking about their battles with respect to anxiety and depression. Itâs sad though, that still a majority of us humans laugh it off when we hear about someone who is mentally disturbed. Instead of laughing at them or mocking them, if we try to have a heart-to-heart conversation with them, we could heal them. And by doing this, weâre sure the number of depression cases will also subside.
Whilst we, the common people, continue to have our daily struggles of keeping the demons inside our heads calm, it looks like the starry world of Bollywood too isnât free from these struggles. At a recent event that Bollywoodâs bubbliest star Alia Bhatt attended, the actress broke down inconsolably while talking about her elder sister, Shaheenâs battle with depression. Letâs read and know more about this.
Itâs natural and understandable that youâll be in a shock to know that your very own elder sister with whom you are living under a single roof was battling depression for decades and you had no clue about it. This was exactly the case of Alia, who is five years younger to her sister Shaheen. Alia broke down at a public event talking about how she feels guilty for not having understood the intensity of her sisterâs condition and helped her. She says that only after reading her sisterâs book âIâve Never Been (un)Happierâ she has realized the depth of emotions and disturbances that her elder sister faced without letting know anyone about it. For those who arenât aware, Shaheen unlike Alia, chose to walk on the path with no limelight on her. She chose to make her life an off-camera affair.
It was only a few years back that Shaheen took the courage to come out in open and talk about depression that she faced since the age of twelve. It was the time when celebrity chef, Anthony Bourdain (61) and celebrated international designer, Kate Spade (55) were in news for having successfully committed suicide. Reading the stories of depression that these eminent international personalities battled made Shaheen think that, âIt could easily have been me.â These incidents hit her so bad that for the first time she decided to talk about it and she did so by writing a personal essay for Vogue India (1). In the essay, she compares depression to a lousy hamburger that is going to rob one of their will to live any longer. She refers to depression as unkempt, unbathed darkness that leads to oneâs isolation and eventually leads to the worst condition of committing suicide.
Itâs true people, if you go look at the WHO (World Health Organization) stats, every year approximately 800,000 people succumb to suicide (2).
Shaheen knew that she couldnât stay mum about the effects of depression. Therefore, at first, she started an Instagram account @herecomesthesunofficial where she and her team encourage conversations revolving around anxiety and depression. On this Instagram page you will find stories of people from all genres of the society talking about their battle with depression.
And Shaheen just didnât stop at that, she chose to pen down her struggle with this demon and wrote a book that has recently been published. The book titled, âIâve Never Been (un)Happierâ gives an insight into her feelings right from when she was a young girl. It talks about her insecurities, her struggles with emotions, and most importantly her struggle to suppress suicidal thoughts.
Her sister Alia Bhatt took to Instagram to appeal her fans to go buy the book and give it a read. The Bollywood fraternity too showered their love and support for Shaheen wishing her all the best for her new book and praised her on how she has turned the weakness in societyâs eyes into her strength.
We too applaud Shaheenâs efforts to come out boldly and fight the insane demon, depression. What are your thoughts on mental health issues that we see are on a rise in todayâs time? Let us know in the comments below.