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Great Article Sir! I especially like the way you have described the number of people suffering from depression including those who are materially successful. In addition to this, I would also like to mention here that I loved the whole concept of “Beating Depression”. I think that I connected more when you mentioned about Kubler-Ross model of coping with change. I actually visualised and felt the 5 stages of coping – DABDA. It will be really unfair if I don’t appreciate the other 3 stages of emotions which you have added in the model. The flow of emotions, both felt and displayed, is beautifully narrated. You have beautifully captured the beginning of depression i.e. “Shock” i.e. any change for which we are not ready brings us a shock followed by denial and so on. As a result of any unexpected negative thing occurring in life brings different set of emotions and behaviour. There are many people in our society who are reluctant to accept that they were in depression. They think that people who are in depression are mentally ill and can never be fine and lead a normal life. In fact, due to this thinking, depressed people do not get help at the time when they need them the most and as a consequence, they end up doing things which are far more severe in nature when compared to the root reason of depression. Somehow, I can relate more with the article because of an incident in my life. After my father’s sudden death, I went into depression for almost 3 months. Although this phase wasn’t immediate to the incident but was after a year or so. The main reasons were the hard facts which I realised after his demise, the lessons for life which I learnt in a hard way. The gush of emotions such as denial, anger, false optimism, unbearable sadness, hopelessness led me to withdraw myself from social life. I led a life with almost no friends and mostly speaking to my mother for her anxiety removal. At the end of the day, I was full of emotions and with no clue of how to handle so many emotions and behavioural change. The situation changed and took a different way when I chose to speak openly with my husband (one of few friends in those days). I could cope up from this state and learn positive things only because of the continuous support of friends. I totally agree with what you wrote – if there is no acceptance, there is a greater chance to slide back to depression. I consider myself lucky enough to get supported and accepted. With this story, I would once again appreciate you for the noble thought of bringing this issue in front of common people and suggesting a way to handle the unexpected changes that occur in life. THANK YOU!!!!

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