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Comment: Let’s Talk About Depression It’s not every day that one comes across such articles as yours on stress and depression. It indeed was a good read. Thank you Sir for touching upon this topic and offering your insights. Stress and depression are on the rise in today’s fast paced, modern world. Our lives today are becoming robotic with each passing day. Further living in an increasingly competitive world , has started to take its toll on us. And by us I wish to emphasize on the youth. It’s indeed true that change is the only constant. But are we able to keep up with it? Or are we losing out on our ability to handle difficult situations that may occur at different stages in our lives. I believe the latter holds true for my generation. Having survived depression myself, I can easily relate to the article. I still remember each and every day two to three years back of suffering from anxiety, insomnia, sadness and helplessness. There was no particular reason for the same. This is the most important aspect one must understand about depression that there is not always a cause for feelings. I had everything going for me. I was living a comfortable life, had a loving family by my side and was studying in one of the best institutes in the country. But something did not feel right. I remember not being able to sleep and if I slept then not wanting to wake up. I remember feeling anxious twenty-four seven with my heart beating faster and faster with each though that came to my mind when I worried about my future. This went on for almost an year until I realized that I needed professional help. I was initially skeptical about approaching my parents. I reached out to a close friend who fixed up an appointment with a psychologist. On the day of the appointment, I just couldn’t do this alone. I finally gathered the courage to tell my parents who from thereon left no stone unturned to help and support me. They took me to a doctor and soon I was healing, living without fears and learning to be happy again. I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight the fact that its high time we accept that depression exists and asking for help is not a sign of weakness but rather a sign of strength. Its our responsibility as a society to be more kind towards those suffering. Acknowledging their feelings is the first step to their well being. Just as one takes a medicine when suffering from a disease , depression too can be treated. In recent times, many celebrities have spoken about their mental health struggles which has not only created awareness about depression but also encouraged many to come forward and seek help. We need to realise that its not a taboo and all one needs is love, care, patience and support. As Dumbledore said, “happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light”.

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