Tag: depression

Depression for the Happy Souls

Depression doesn’t always hit the sad or gloomy ones wo happen to have a recent mishap in their life or have undergone some serious shit in their past either from society or from parental misdemeanor etc. It could reside within the happiest of the souls who laugh out loud and apparently live the most amazing lifestyle one could crave for; or those who are the life of a party, whose smile brightens up a room without much effort… or even those who appear calm and composed and probably don’t even know if they are undergoing such a thing as depression, which they thought would never hit them because they aren’t sad all. To them, it’s all okay to feel a bit hypertensive, a little too pumped up than usual trying to do too many things altogether because their life patterns involve such twists and chaos
But no, depression is like the many faced gods! Comes in different shapes and sizes and displays. It could be the you lacking focus, feeling fidgety with your fingers or phone, you not being able to finish off your tasks because you lose track, taking help from audio books and music to put you you to sleep, biting on your nails more than often, pacing up and down not knowing why, feeling constantly hungry or not knowing why you’re doing something like avoiding someone in specific, not having a direction, not feeling the drive to move forward or feel excitement for the things you would go bonkers over, feeling that tremble in your knees each time you stood up after a long broken sleep, all these are sort of, in a way, suggestive of a welcoming depressive stage that may not loom upon you the way it usually does on any other depression suffering individual but rather in a very unique way, because you yourself wouldn’t know it is anxiety and depression that’s overtaking you slowly. Eventually, you could be blaming yourself for losing out on opportunities because you didn’t have the strength to respond to them on time or not being able to fulfill commitments
but it’s okay, don’t take this too ahead …
The only way to combat such a phase is to communicate as often often as possible with one of your favourite “listeners” at least, talk about your condition out loud, accept it and filter out stuff that’s important to complete first, work slowly but gradually covering one point at a time – don’t overburden yourself with too many tasks that it irritates you. Go out often to divert your mind, watch some thing nice with your family and most importantly meditate – know that these are phases that can be dealt with some patience and understanding of the issue. Don’t beat yourself about the incompetencies you have been displaying; you are human, allow yourself to make some mistakes,you cant always be perfect. And it’s alright if you want to shut off your mobile for a while to cut off from the world while you gather your peace. If you really want to avoid some specific people, do it, they’re probably the reason of the toxin boiling up inside so either you build the courage to spit it all out or if that’s a tried and tested-but-failed technique then resort to complete avoidance. All in all, don’t let this seclusion phase get to you too much because yes, these certainly unusual behaviours and carry potential depression with them. Which is why talking helps, because sometimes in talking out how you feel and accepting it makes it a lot easier at the end.
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“Suno” – Breaking Stereotypes About Mental Illness

The best thing about theatre is that it has a limited audience but all the more larger impact from powerful impact and message delivered from a small act. ‘Suno!’ is another strong act being performed at the Arts Council these days, which throws light on one of the most common issues of our society, depression and mental disturbance.
The Dawood Foundation in support with Taskeen [an initiative of the Pakistan Association for Mental Health (PAMH), Humanity Initiative and CareforHealth] have together presented this play for their audience which presses on the request to listen to the people with issues of such like, with patience, humility and eagerness to cure it.
Unfortunately our society doesn’t recognize mental illness in its first stage and when it does,  it’s treatment is considered a taboo by many, including the family itself.  People consider it a shame and often resort to sub standard ways to cure it which further aggravates the situation at times and instead of healing, the patient often goes more into seclusion then never. We forget that a family’s love and ability to just listen to his problems is itself the start of a cure.

The theatre is directed by film maker Hamza Bangash and had started showing at the council from the 27th of April till 30th.
The story is a real life inspiration enactment of a young boy with bipolar attitudes due to the daily chaos that went by in his family, his father’s rigid behaviour who could lash out one time and be all cheery the other. As the boy develops this attitude intensely and goes aloof from his friends and family, nobody realizes what’s going on and doesn’t want to listen to what he is trying to say.

An attempt on his life by himself, causes the family to shudder completely and as usual assistance from a psychiatrist was considered a shameful thing. After a lot of drama and substandard methods for treatment, he is finally sent to the rehab, which becomes a matter of embarrassment for the family, because sighs!  That’s what our society is like..

Overall the act was great, actors did their part powerfully, emotions were raised and a great message delivered but the storyline had jumps in it, like the opening act should have known more clearly why the boy started behaving the way he did, that would have set an intense image on the audience.
I believe families with such environments where daily arguments,  beatings are regular, it’s not just that sending the patient away to a rehab would be enough, the whole family needs to transform their behavior and inject love and respect in their house so the patient would heal naturally in such an environment.

Speaking about the initiative, Sabrina Dawood, CEO, The Dawood Foundation said: “Mental illness requires compassion, empathy and understanding. It is a human condition and requires us to be humane. It is not a condition from which only a few suffer. The trauma and violence that we as a society are enduring due to terrorism and natural disasters, are taking their toll. While the scars of the body are visible and heal; those in the mind remain unresolved and fester. It is for this reason that The Dawood Foundation believes it is crucial to support initiatives such as this, which reduce the amount of suffering caused by lack of knowledge.”

We need such initiatives and awareness programs for the betterment of our society. Situations around us are growing intense causing our minds to lose the composure, but we need to break from the clutter and sit down to atleast listen to the other persons problems and if need be, even consult therapy, which in no way is an act of shame, doesn’t mean you’re crazy, just that at times talking out loud about your problems can at times resolve the matter. Talking helps and we must listen!