Now, Raveena Tandon & Shaheen Bhatt talk about depression


More and more celebrities are lately coming out to the fore opening up about their battle with depression, in a bid to spread awareness about it. After Deepika Padukone and Karan Johar, Raveena Tandon and Alia Bhatt’s younger sister Shaheen Bhatt have also talked about the issue.

During the launch of a book titled ‘Death is not the answer’ written by psychiatrist Anjali Chabria, Raveena said that every human being goes through a low phase and celebrities are no exception.

“Even celebrities go through the depression phase in their life and feel pain as others do. It depends on individuals how they face that difficult time. Some people come out of it easily while some are unable to deal with it and give up. But everybody faces it,” the ‘Mohra’ actress said.

As the book talks about suicide, the actress shared her concern over the growing suicide cases among women and youngsters, saying that it is a clinical issue and should be treated seriously.

Shaheen also penned a brave note about ‘living with depression’ on Instagram recently. She wrote, "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,” She added. S

Shaheen also shared a picture of her frowning and wrote about it, saying that it goes well with the topic: “P.S. That picture just seemed to work in this context."

During the launch of a book titled ‘Death is not the answer’ written by psychiatrist Anjali Chabria, Raveena said that every human being goes through a low phase and celebrities are no exception.

“Even celebrities go through the depression phase in their life and feel pain as others do. It depends on individuals how they face that difficult time. Some people come out of it easily while some are unable to deal with it and give up. But everybody faces it,” the ‘Mohra’ actress said.

As the book talks about suicide, the actress shared her concern over the growing suicide cases among women and youngsters, saying that it is a clinical issue and should be treated seriously.