Adding To The List Of Celebs, Now Alia’s Sister Shaheen Opens Up About Her Depression

"Monsters don’t sleep under your bed, they scream inside your head!"

Alia Bhatt, Shaheen Bhatt, depression, deepika padukone, karan johar, honey singh

Joining the awareness brigade of Bollywood Clebrities is daughter of Mahesh Bhatt and Soni Razdan and sister of Alia Bhatt Shaheen took, who took to Instagram to share her battles of Insomnia and Depression. She put her thoughts in words by saying, “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.” She confessed to live with (on and off) depression since she was 13 years old.


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.

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Alia, whose character Kaira from the recent Dear Zindagi was shown battling the same problems also shared her sympathies with her sister. She believes that her sister is a sensible strong woman and will deal with her illness with her head held high. People close to Shaheen were aware of her depression battles as she has been vocal about it.

Alia says, “Whenever she seeks me for companionship, I am there. Otherwise, she is a strong person and she has to deal with it herself. No matter how much I love her, I can’t help her get over the depression. She has to do it on her own.”

Celebs who have been vocal about their mental illness struggles are Deepika Padukone, Karan Johar and Honey Singh among a few.

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