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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
Mansi’s family and friends helped her get out of her depression
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

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