Nurturing Mental Health

Sushmita Das
Posted October 9, 2020 from India

Ever since the pandemic has set in across the globe, we all have to cage ourselves inside the four walls of our homes. Some are with their families and many are living alone and perpetuating their daily routines without any physical interaction with their friends and colleagues.

Here I will talk about those who have been staying all alone. For these people socialising is the only source of giving their minds a peace. Unfortunately, things changed and the lockdown happened. This led one who was already alone became lonelier and approached the symptoms of depression. Sadly one of my friends, got caught into this vicious cycle of depression. She could never recognise it, but I being aware of psychological studies and the symptoms of many mental disorders, could figure out the problems that were surrounding her mind and hampering her productivity 

I tried to confront her that she is going through depression, and fortunately she was wise enough that she accepted that she is going through the phases of depression. There were mild symptoms which could have led to volatile ones if not corrected on time. Initially, I was surprised to see a woman like her who is so bold and confident throughout her life could ever experience such worse phenomenon. But, depression do not check your mental aptitude or your marksheet, while knocking your door.

I ain't a mental expert who could provide anyone with any kind of therapy but yes I have studied psychology as subject during my career. And with that knowledge, I tried to heal her mental wound. 

Of course, I would give credit to her as well for cooperating with the therapy. 

In psychology, we have been taught of " free association therapy" wherein a person suffering from any kind of mental instability is provided with a non-judgmental ambience and is asked to speak out everything whatever is there in his/her head. This therapy helps recover the mild symptoms of depression and come back to a normal way of living.

I did the same thing with her. Consequently, she within a span of two-three months came over it. And is now leading a life where, she enjoys her own company and focused towards her work life even after staying at home.

 

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Tamarack Verrall
Oct 09
Oct 09

Hi Shushmita,
This is the power of what we have to offer each other. You have given the down to earth, courageous and generous time to allow another woman to sort through her depression, knowing simply that another woman cares, that her sorting through it matters, and that being heard is so important to creating what needs to be healed and changed. In circles and one-to-one, this healing is so essential. I'm so glad that you wrote about it here.

Sushmita Das
Oct 10
Oct 10

Thank you very much for your kind read and supporting words
Much appreciate it.

Nini Mappo
Oct 09
Oct 09

Hello Sushmita,
Indeed, creating safe unjudgmental spaces and willingness to listen is a great tool in helping others overcome the challenges of mental health. Good on you for being a healing balm to your friend.
I have been thinking about her, because in your previous post you'd indicated it was unclear why she kept plunging herself back into depression when she was aware of it. That's why it's so good to hear that she is recovered well enough to step back into life. It's so good that you could be there for her and share your time and skills to help her. Your story demonstrates the power of standing together and supporting each other as women:)

Sushmita Das
Oct 10
Oct 10

It happened off late that she has recovered completely and started living a normal life.thats why I felt like sharing this with all the women out there who are reading my post.
It is essential for us to stand in solidarity with our women friends who need us. They hardly speak of their problems, but we need to provide them the comfort to come out of their uncomfort mind and talk their heart out.

Paulina Nayra
Oct 26
Oct 26

Wow Sushmita! You are an angel! You saved a life from wasting. What did you do? How did you do it? Can the skill be learned by those who aren't graduate of Psychology?
May your efforts to help others get out of depression multiply. And don't forget to take care of yourself.

Huggs.

Sushmita Das
Oct 26
Oct 26

Hi Paulina
The only answer that best suit to your questions is "empathy" if we all can learn the art of empathy any wound can be healed which is there deep down in our hearts and minds.:)

Yes, yes, yes! I agree!

You are great friend, dear Sushmita! Your friend is blessed to have you in her life. May all women have a Sushmita to lean on.:)