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Actor Sushant Singh’s suicide sheds light on why Depression can't be ignored

Popular Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput who made quite a splash on TV as well as in films, committed suicide in his Mumbai apartment.

According to Mumbai Police, Rajput was found hanging by a bedsheet at his home by his domestic help who alerted the police. 
 
He was known for his portrayals in TV serials like Pavitra Rishta, films Kai Po Chhe, Shuddh Desi Romance, Kedarnath, Chhichore and others. His acting in the biopic of M.S. Dhoni brought him critical acclaim and several laurels. 
 
With many believing it was his depression that pushed him to take the extreme step, his death has once again shed light on mental health and depression. 
 
Depression and mental health issues have emotional and physical effects. Most of the symptoms include sadness, guilt, loneliness and a feeling of hopelessness. Others include sleeplessness, lack of concentration, anxiety and a sense of lack of direction. 
 
Many people with depression think they are just feeling sad, and that it will go away with time. For some people, it does just that. But for many, it is a feeling that doesn’t go away and requires medical help and constant mental and emotional support. 
 
How Depression Affects Your Life?
 
Depression can impact every area of your life, how you sleep and eat, your education and career, your relationships, health, and concentration. Individuals suffering from depression often also have co-morbid disorders, such as alcohol and drug abuse or other addictions. 
 
Depression doesn’t just occur for an individual in a vacuum; it can affect your friends, family, co-workers, and everyone around you. In addition, depression may impact how you perform at work or your levels of concentration, so it can negatively affect productivity. 
 
Leaving depression untreated can lead to many other complications in one’s personal and professional life. This is why it is so important to seek out help, not just for relationships and work, but for your own sake.
 
What You Can Do?
 
Talk to someone in your family or one of your friends. You can talk to your doctor, human resources at work, or a therapist. If you do not want to speak to someone face-to-face, you can talk to someone online. 
 
The fact is, the sooner you start getting treatment, the sooner you will start feeling better. Do not ignore it and just hope it goes away.
 
1. Spend time with pets: You can also spend more time with your pets. Studies have shown that 74% of people with pets report having mental health improvements from owning a pet. While this is not a substitution for therapy, it has been shown to be a big help to almost everyone studied. 
 
2. Talk about it: No matter who you talk to, or if you just write it down on paper, it is therapeutic to write it, say it, and just let it out. Regardless of what you choose to do, make sure you take the time to talk to someone about what you are feeling. 
 
3. Remember that you are not alone: Depression can be treated through medication or therapy. Talking to people helps you understand your situation better and know that you are not alone. 
 
4. Engage in a physical activity/exercise/meditation: You could try exercising or walking or anything that makes you feel positive. Given that exercise is a mood-booster and stress reliever, it could help in making you feel better. 
 
5. Be good to yourself & your body: Be good to your body by exercising, eating healthy and nutritious foods, and reducing or eliminating substance abuse. Exercise and nutrition choices can have a powerful impact on relieving some symptoms.
 

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