Depression is a mental illness and goes beyond sadness. Conceptual clarity is a crucial in increasing awareness about mental health.
Shampa Sengupta is a Kolkata based activist who has been working on gender & disability issues for more than 25 years.
People, whether they have a mental illness or not, often tend to think of medicines as an absolute no-no. The answer, in fact, lies with you.
A soft sadness blankets me in the mornings. I wake up with a rush of sorrowful thoughts. Without effort, my brain runs through a list of sad things that are happening around me. Then I think about the past and all the losses and all the broken things. It is a whirlwind rewinding of a lifetime.
I have PTSD, an anxiety disorder formed by persisting traumatic events. I wrote this, with difficulty, for others dealing with mental illness.
Harini Rajagopalan used the 36 Days Of Type Project to talk about mental health. The resulting images are simple, evocative and brilliant.
Therapy is not just you unloading to a stranger. It is you talking about your issues and someone nudging you towards making sense of it and then slowly helping you tweak your thought process and perspective so that things don’t seem so grim anymore.
Narratives about mental illness are often expected to provide a message of hope. I am not here to tell the world that things will be okay.
Some women get postpartum depression after childbirth, leading to guilt for not wanting to care for the baby in the way expected of them.
My story of recovery is like most stories of recovery - you get functional, even jubilant, then you crash, and regress. Do not stop therapy.