Growing up, I was a fairly stocky kid, peaking at a level that can be called “fat but short of obese”. Therefore, it was quite a shock, for my friends to see me wither away to an alarming 48 kilograms during my fourth year in college. I was 21 years old, clinically depressed and in the middle of a full-blown meltdown.
April 4, 2017 • Aditya Mani Jha • 28 • New Delhi
What I hated most was when friends would say, ‘I just don’t know how to help you’. I wasn’t asking for anything. I just needed them to listen. Hear me and understand my feelings as my feelings only, and not take offense at how I felt.
April 4, 2017 • Anonymous • 22 • New Delhi
I would like to share seven things that I have learned from my struggles with mental illness from these different perspectives.
April 4, 2017 • Shashank Kumar • 28 • Bangalore
I was diagnosed with clinical depression at the age of 23. To be honest, I think it was lurking around long before my diagnosis in early 2014. While personally I was relieved (because I knew what the problem was), I was terrified about what my friends would think.
April 4, 2017 • Anovshka Chandy • Bangalore
The more vulnerable I let myself be, the stronger I became. The more I talked, the more I felt a version of that validation that I had always sought – a version that felt exponentially better, because it came from myself. I learnt the immensity of the power of the self, and it began changing me in ways I never knew possible.
April 4, 2017 • AMAAYA DASGUPTA • New Delhi