The discussion surrounding mental illnesses is considered no less than a taboo, even in today's time. However, celebrities and other prominent personalities from various fields have, time and again, tried to raise awareness by sharing their own stories. Sushant Singh Rajput's unfortunate death only added fuel to the fire. Among others, TV actress Shama Sikander has always been vocal about her battle with depression and bipolar disorder. She, in fact, had also tried to attempt suicide because of this very reason. However, the actress, fortunately, came out of this dark phase after a struggle of five long years.
Spilling the beans on her recovery, Shama Sikander said to Times Now Digital, "If I can heal after 5 years of struggle, you can absolutely heal. Anybody can heal. You have to take your demons. You can't look outside. You have to give yourself time and energy. People must go and take medicines. Your brain chemicals fluctuate and can make you feel worthless. Circumstances make you feel like that. It is ok to give up but important to know when you bow down, you have that capacity to get up. You can heal. There is light after darkness."
Opening up on how it feels to suffer from depression, Shama added, "Depression is a state of feeling loveless. I hated myself and did not like my good self. I was tamed to be good and that compelled me to be good, whether it harmed or hurt me."
As for bipolar disorder, Shama added how she felt several symptoms like sleepiness, laziness, pain within that made her cry and nightmares. She was soon diagnosed with bipolar disorder and deep depression. We are glad Shama successfully came out of this!
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