TV actress Shweta Kawaatra, best known for playing 'Pallavi' in Ekta Kapoor’s show ‘Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii’ has opened up about battling postpartum depression for five years. Shweta after giving birth to her daughter Zahra in 2012, faced acute postpartum depression which lasted for five long years. In a recent interview, the actress called herself a depression survivor and revealed she no longer views life as casually as she did before.
Speaking with Etimes TV, Shweta said, “Having experienced acute postpartum depression, I no longer view life as casually as I did before. Most tend to use the term ‘depression’ loosely. It is real. It’s a chemical change in our body and not just a low feeling or something that stems from boredom. If left untreated, it has long-drawn consequences. I suffered for five years.” ALSO READ: Shweta Kawaatra On Being Married To Manav Gohil For 17 Years: ‘I Feel Our Relationship Has Stood The Test Of Time’
Talking about how her husband Manav Gohil and her family were her pillars of strength during her testing time, the actress mentioned that nobody had a clear knowledge of what she was going through so they couldn't help her properly. She added, “While I had my husband (actor Manav Gohil) and family’s support during this time, it was difficult for them to understand what I was going through. I wanted to lend a hand and an ear to others with the right tools, hence studying became the next organic step to understanding the disease.”
Shweta further revealed that she plans to study further and will eventually take up counseling as a practice and will balance it with acting.
For the unversed, the actress became a popular household name after playing a negative role in Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii. She also appeared in several others shows like Kumkum – Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan as Nivedita Mittal, in C.I.D, Sawal E Ishq, and Baal Veer.