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“I thought this was just how a break-up feels,” Mansi Vakharia had to be coerced to see a shrink

#99ShadesofGrey The special educator for learning disability is glad that her parents forced her to meet a psychiatrist to deal with her ‘post breakup blues’

brunch Updated: Jun 29, 2018 22:39 IST
Mansi Vakharia
Mansi Vakharia
Hindustan Times
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Mansi’s family and friends helped her get out of her depression

I’ve been seeing a psychiatrist since I was 16. Earlier it was for a learning disability related issue and then overall growing pains. However, four years ago, a relationship of mine ended badly. Two months later, I was 44 kilos, hadn’t eaten a proper meal in days and hadn’t slept in a week. I refused to go to a shrink because I thought this was just how a break-up feels. However, my parents forced me and I eventually went to a psychiatrist for help. I went through battery of tests and all the results were bad. My doctor told me I was depressed and that was affecting my physical health.

“You can only fight depression by having your own take on it, developing a sense of community, being vulnerable and unabashedly seeking help when needed”

It took me two years of intense therapy to figure out my life. But it was a period that taught me so much. A friend of mine held my hand through all this — ensuring I attend college, focus on academics and eat my meals. My parents were 100 per cent supportive and helped me create a framework to follow. We made some new rules. We hug each other every day. We all lead individual lives but tell one another everything. If any of us have a bad day, we do family cuddles. And, we make it a point to spend time quality time with each other. You can only fight depression by having your own take on it, developing a sense of community, being vulnerable and unabashedly seeking help when needed.

(As told to Samreen Tungekar)

From HT Brunch, June 31, 2018

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First Published: Jun 29, 2018 16:13 IST