Back in November 2016, Shaheen Bhatt posted a message on her Instagram narrating her experience of living with depression since the age of 13. The 29-year-old now gives a deeper insight into the life that she had led while battling this condition through her book titled, ‘I’ve Never Been (Un)Happier.’
Her sisters, Alia and Pooja, as well as parents, Soni Razdan and Mahesh Bhatt, have taken to their social media handles to show support and admiration for the soul-baring account that Shaheen has penned, reports DNA India.
When asked what prompted her to share her story with others she replied, “Honestly, I hid the fact that I lived with depression for a long time. I never spoke about it because I thought there was something wrong with me. It took me a while to understand that what I was going through was an illness, which could be controlled and it’s not something that I need to be ashamed about. Since then, I have encouraged others to come out in the open about it as well. I wanted to lead by example, so I decided to write this book.”
She went on to describe living with depression from the young age of 13. “While I was going through it, I was too young to understand. At that time, there was complete confusion and lack of awareness about what was happening. As I grew older, I learnt how to and deal with it. I realised that I don’t have to live with it all the time. Today, I feel grateful for what it has given me in my life — a lot of empathy and understanding. I wouldn’t change anything about my journey so far even though it has been quite difficult.”
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