Findings from our #depression campaign: As #battletheblues comes to an end, here are some insights. Glad to help! http://ow.ly/i/i32AZ http://ow.ly/i/i32CG http://ow.ly/i/i32Df http://ow.ly/i/i32DT http://ow.ly/i/i32F5
On #WorldBipolarDay, we contribute an in-depth article on facts and myths about it. http://zeenews.india.com/exclusive/bipolar-disorder-sixth-leading-cause-of-disability-in-the-world_1870398.html http://ow.ly/i/i0wPR
Many Hollywood celebrities have spoken openly of their mental health concerns, and now even Bollywood is following suit with Deepika Padukone and Honey Singh coming out about their depression and bipolar disorder, respectively.
Many questions arise when you hear this. Does the ‘celebrity life’ push you towards mental illness? Or does being a celebrity make it easier for you to get help and support?
Ahead of World Bipolar Day (30th March) – which by the way, is celebrated on Van Gogh’s birthday because he was posthumously diagnosed with having Bipolar disorder – the connection on a life in the arts, especially the performing arts, and bipolar disorder/ depression, is something to ponder about.
Many studies have been done to explore whether a creative and different life pushes you towards mental illness, or having a different sort of mental predisposition from the start is why you seek a ‘different’ field to work in.
For example, look at this finding:
“Our findings suggest that creative people may have a genetic predisposition toward thinking differently, which, when combined with other harmful biological or environmental factors, could lead to mental illness,” said Robert A. Power of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King’s College, London, and lead author of the study.
The above is also something that Stephen Fry echoes in his documentary about his struggles with bipolar disorder, The Secret Life of The Manic Depressive.
So, it could just be, that what predisposes a person to thinking differently, also predisposes him to mental illness, specifically those related to moods, if combined with environmental factors – which are in abundance if you are a celebrity, be it the late hours, the frequent travelling, the jet lag, the intoxication, or even the kind of work you are doing.
While this seems to be a chicken and egg problem, and is yet being inquired, it is good that all sorts of celebrities are coming out about their struggles. In their lieu, the masses struggling without many amenities, may finally get voice and support.
Everyone has had a low time. It could be #depression. Do you face it too? #battletheblues http://ow.ly/i/hTvAH
Happiness decoded! Our founder Dr. Ajay writes about what is happiness and how to make it less elusive! http://yourstory.com/2016/03/secret-happiness/
Victor Frankl, a famous existentialist, philosopher and psychiatrist, suggested that a lot of people in today’s time suffer from Sunday neurosis. The whole week goes by in work and responsibilities, and it is on Sunday that we realize how mundane and empty we feel. To get away from this feeling, we indulge in eating, shopping or some other compensating behaviour and thus, start a new week withholding our emptiness, therefore crashing one day, with either depression or suicide or both.
On International day of happiness, let’s look at why we are not happy. Under the #battletheblues campaign, we have discovered that way too many of us feel depressed and empty inside.
The only solution to emptiness is to find meaning. What really matters to you? Do you do a job where you are crushing your passion, your values everyday? Are you stuck with a loveless marriage?
As much as these external situations influence our meaning of life and happiness, it is quite a lot of time internal too. In his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, Dr. Frankl points out that even in a concentration camp, people could find purpose and be happy. No matter what else your environment is doing to you, you have the ultimate choice of deciding your viewpoint, your attitude to life, your coloured glass through which you will see the world.
You could think that you can’t help but continue the way you do, and keep grumbling about life, or you could change tacks and tell yourself that things much worse could happen, and then look for ways to make the world a better, more meaningful place to be in. So, would you go for meaning, or emptiness? For Sunday fulfillment, or for Sunday neurosis?
Almost one out of five teenagers and young adults will suffer from depression due to a breakup. On this #Internationaldayofhappiness, under the #battletheblues campaign, we give you some tips to deal with a sore heart:
1. It is bad already, don’t reinforce it with “I am horrible, no one will love me anymore”.
2. Stay away from drinking, smoking and racing and pour it out with sports or exercise or dancing instead.
3. Meet your friends. Some of them are supportive and will help you out.
4. Focus on a hobby/passion and lose yourself in it.
5. Look ahead, there is a lot of life left. You will certainly find someone else. This is not the end, just the start. http://ow.ly/i/hJ45u