After Deepika Padukone, it's Alia Bhatt's sister Shaheen, who has come out and voiced her views on living with and battling depression since she was 13 years of age.
Shaheen is Alia's elder sister. Shaheen loves writing and unlike Alia , she is usually behind the cameras, as a writer cum director. Shaheen aspires to be an assistant director and has dabbled in all aspects of filmmaking. She had wrtten few scenes for Zeher and Jism2. She was an assistant director to Vikram Bhatt for Raaz 3. She had also co-written the movie Son of Sardaar. Shaheen has undergone an editing and filmmaking course in London. She is currently dating comedian Rohan Joshi.
Shaheen recently took to her Instagram account and posted a picture of herself and wrote about how she has been trying to combat depression through all these years. She makes it clear that this post of hers is neither a confession nor a revelation. She also says that sometimes it lasts for hours and at other times for days. Shaheen further explains why she wouldn't call it a struggle.
Here's what she posted on her Instagram:
I've lived with depression on and off since I was about 13 years old. This is not a revelation or a confession. Those who know me know this about me. It's not something I take any pains to hide, I'm not ashamed of it or particularly troubled by it. It's just a part of who I am. I have days where I feel good and then I have days where I don't. One minute everything's fine and the next it's like someone turned the light off inside my head. I go quiet and it's difficult to get out of bed. Like it always does the world around me loses focus and I struggle to make sense of it. Sometimes these bouts last an hour - sometimes they last days. Today, I'm on day 4. I say I live with depression rather than I struggle with it because for me (and I speak only for myself here) I don't see why it has to be a struggle. I once read an idea by an American essayist called Richard Mitchell which stayed with me; it's now become how I try to approach the dips in my week or month. The idea is this: To be sick, or to suffer, is inevitable. But to become bitter and vindictive in sickness and suffering and to surrender to irrationality, supposing yourself the innocent and virtuous victim of the evils intentions of the world, is not inevitable. The appropriate answer to the question - Why me? is the other question - Why not me? *** Why am I writing about this? Well, I spend a fair amount of time on social media during the course of my day and today I found myself looking for something to post because it's been a few days since I've posted anything. I couldn't find anything so I figured I'd just talk about this - how I'm doing, instead of what I'm doing. It's as simple as that, and we could all stand to do a little more of it. P.S. That picture just seemed to work in this context.
More power to you Shaheen!!!