Shaheen, actor Alia Bhatt’s sister, has been the latest to speak up on depression. “I’ve lived with depression since I was 12 years old and since then I’ve been suicidal on more than one occasion,” Shaheen told Vogue magazine.

Her comments came in the aftermath of the suicides of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef-food critic Anthony Bourdain. Shaheen revealed how it kept haunting her on and off. It all started when she was about 12 years old.

“I’ve experienced the sheer terror of contemplating a life filled with unrelenting anguish, and I’ve been consumed by the terrifying thought of having but a single means of escape from a bleak, unbearable future,” reads an excerpt

The article was headlined: Shaheen Bhatt on the recent suicides: “It could have been me.”

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Earlier in November 2016, Shaheen mentioned ‘living with depression’ in a lengthy Instagram post.

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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On Bourdain’s Death

Talking about Bourdain’s death, Shaheen said, “I love Bourdain, I’ve been a fan of his ever since I read Kitchen Confidential. I marvelled at his no-nonsense screen presence, his natural humour and his effortless ability to turn the foods he was eating into almost living, breathing characters. I love Bourdain, but that wasn’t the only reason I was crying. I was crying because every time I hear of someone who was unable to go on living with the darkness within them, I’m reminded of how that could have just as easily been me.”

Start Talking

Shaheen said instead of suffering in silence, those battling depression should start talking. She said, “Talking about depression is no longer an option, it’s a matter of life and death.”

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Multiple Suicides

“Every day that we shy away from the subject, someone plunges further into their depressive hole, isolating themselves and believing they’re freaks. Every minute that we continue to stay silent we lose one more person to the horrors of depression and suicide. Every second that we choose comfort over reality we fail another Anthony and another Kate,” she concluded.

A Note From Star Sister

Appreciating her sister’s bravery in opening up, Alia also took to Twitter to laud her for speaking up. She tweeted:

It is also reported that Shaheen is writing a book, sharing her battle with depression.

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