Interviewed By Sarah Bahbishi
Mrs Fatema Rashdan Shared with us some information about how she felt with regards to her depression and society.
1- what encouraged you to share your story of depression?”
I'm not proud of my depression but I don't consider it something to be ashamed of and I appreciate how powerful it is to talk openly about a personal experience of a mental health condition. You might be surprised by how many around you have also experienced a mental health condition at some point in their life, or supported a loved one with a similar experience.
The amount of support and interaction I received is one of the greatest motivations for me to keep my treatment.
2- What’s the turning point that you felt turned around, and started your road to recovery from depression ?”
For a while, I succumbed to the belief that I was not depressed. I myself succumbed to the denial of depression until it hit me fully like a sledgehammer, I started having recurrent seizures, blackouts and panic attacks. At that point I came to a realization that I had to give in and start the process of treatment.
3- Why do you believe people want it to be a secret?
Mental illnesses has long been stigmatized in societies around the globe. People suffering from mental illnesses are challenged by the stereotypes and prejudice that result from misconceptions about it .
4- Sometimes people say “life is beautiful get over it” or “don’t be sad” what can you tell these supporters who fail to use the right words?
Sadness can be defined as a sense of unhappiness and discontentment. But depression is akin to a feeling of nothingness. A complete and utter lack of purpose. It is almost as if depression works as an evil force forcing you to close in on yourself, this misconception about depression and sadness is very degrading to those who are trapped in the spire of depression.
Sadness is a transient phase, depression is a mental illness and needs medical intervention.
5- there’s a quote that has been trending lately form the movie The Joker: “the worst part about having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don’t.” Do you agree?
I agree, it's hard for someone who doesn't have depression to understand the amount of suffering that we are experiencing.