For the major part of my life, I have been unhappy. I cannot explain or elaborate, nor I can write a novella as relatable as this.
Shaheen Bhatt, author of this book about depression has seemingly bared her soul. I am sure, she had her set of inhibitions and constant fights with self; but there can’t be more gritty words to describe all that she experienced. It’s incomprehensible for people who haven’t been depressed to even understand the depth and pervasiveness of it.
Jonathan Safran Foer writes in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, ‘Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living’
This review will be as candid as the book has been to me; personal and extremely relatable. It’s one of those writings, either you would believe it to be yours; else you would understand the pain and empathise.
Shaheen has not only told about her depression in an unbiased manner, she has liberated her dark thoughts to make you believe every word of it.
I began to see my symptoms as defining personality traits rather than what they were: side effects of a troubled mind. When the people in my life told me I was negative, difficult and unfriendly, I believed that was just who I was deep down inside rather than attributing it to the fact that I was in pain. I embodied my illness and my illness became who I was in my mind.
Just like the book, I do not want to delve into unnecessary stories and narrations. The book is short, crisp and to the point. It’s shortness will allow many people to read and decipher this grave illness.
Let’s un-taboo depression and treat it as any other physical ailment; cure it with care and proper treatment.
Genre: Non fiction, psychology
My Rating: 5/5