COVID - 19 WORLD - Braver Than You Believe, Smarter Than You Think

Shivani Saharia
Posted April 26, 2020 from India

Everyone is a hero in this greatest story, the intelligence, bravery and companionship contributing to protect the grace of the nation. The experts are digging deep to find the end of this horrific virus and save the precious lives. It is the first time reminding us that we all are equal regardless of the country we belong, the culture we follow or the race we all are intact with. When the things spread to a global alarm, it is nothing but the equal hand to hand hardship of each and every individual. 

Well, following the health and vulnerable human lives to this virus. The other most importantly insight we came across during this emergency lock down days  are the increasing rate of domestic violence and child abusing cases. Keeping in account to the domestic assault, the rarely talked and discussed issue in which everyone is fighting each day irrespective of before and after this pandemic hit us so hard. The mental illness and anxiety depressant panic attacks.  

Why I wanted to talk about this ? Because it is really matter of concern, get it corrected at earlier than to get late forever. It is regarding the recent incident I faced. I have my younger brother, he is 4 - 5  years younger to me. He is studying in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I was supposed to fly this May to him but because of COVID - 19 everything is at a temporary hold. He is studying in Montreal and working temporarily in a restaurant. As the colleges are shut down, we told him as a prevention measure, hold your workplace too. Stop going to work for the time being, until and unless the scenario doesn't stabilizes. He was staying at home with two more flatmates. One fine day, we both had a work and he told me about an incident of fainting. Though, in his whole life I never ever heard him saying that he has fainting issue. It happened like twice or thrice, we just had a thought of, maybe it is because of improper diet and lifestyle. I told him to get some fruits, juice and eatery products from the super store. Sleeping inefficiently due the noise of his flatmates playing games overnight, he usually used to get annoyed by them and those boys never stopped. This body needed rest, He used to sleep in the morning when they slept. He was sleep deprived, Not sleeping efficiently, and he complaint about his half headaches. He used to scare in pain every morning when he woke up due to improper rest. Later, The made some issue in his college and due to that he was stressed out. I am in India, I couldn't reach my brother because of the global health alert and the problem once neglected or was not aware of started to expand. A 20 Years old boy, who is still so tender in age suffering from all this issue, at such earlier ages of his life. One day, I texted him Good Morning Baby Boy How are you feeling ?, He replied, " Suicidal".He was 75 kg, fit and fine gym guy who presently weighs 43 kg, lost almost 10 - 12 kg in a month. This is to convey us all, if we are vulnerable in the outside world, we are vulnerable at home too, among these four walls. The four walls and a roof that we call it as "Our Home".

He had online consultation with a physician, the doctor told him to come to his clinic and he will examine the problem. Going through the examine, the physician recommended seeing his eyes and the condition that he doesn't need a doctor but a Psychiatrist. Later, he had consultation with the psychiatrist and during the session, he was diagnosed with Anxiety- Depressive Syndrome. I do not sleep whole night, just to sit and hear him.

Mental health has no destination, you keep driving yourself and you have no idea where you are going. It is really important to De- Stigmatize mental illness in any form. There's a lot of people that are carrying guilt's, regrets and baggage of burden that doesn't matter. Everybody is going through something, everybody has had something that they've had to overcome. This needs more sunlight and an unashamed conversation. This condition isn't easy, and it's harden when we assume that " they could recover themselves" by their own.  Mental illness doesn't mean being "Mad". Our society tends to shame and ignore such people, let's be the change and get over the stigma.

 

In Addition, if anybody residing in Montreal, Quebec - Canada, Please do reach out to me on my mentioned email address up for help in any ways - [email protected]

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Anita Shrestha
Apr 26
Apr 26

Thnak you for sharing

Shivani Saharia
May 02
May 02

Your Welcome Anita !

Chi8629
Apr 27
Apr 27

Thank you for sharing
Please stay safe and happy.
Much love.

Shivani Saharia
May 02
May 02

Your Welcome Chioma.
You too stay home & Be safe.
Blessings !

Jill Langhus
Apr 27
Apr 27

Hello Shivani,

How are you doing, dear? Oh, this is concerning, and I quite agree that it's an under-addressed issue, unfortunately. How is your brother doing now? Thanks for sharing and bringing awareness to this issue during these challenging, and interesting times. Please keep us posted on how he progresses, dear.

XX

Shivani Saharia
May 02
May 02

Hi Jill,
Good Day

I am doing fine, Hope you are doing well. I do agree with you about this unaddressed and hardly expressible topic which is commonly seen in the present growing up generation.
He shifted to new place and doing better as of now.

Blessings,
Shivani Saharia

Jill Langhus
May 04
May 04

Hi there,

Good to hear. Yes, I'm doing well, thanks.

Oh, that's very good news. Thanks for letting me know.

Hope you have a good, safe week.

ANJ ANA
Apr 27
Apr 27

Dear Shivani,
Thank you for sharing. I know how painful to see if any of your loved one is suffering and when he is physically far from you. I am relieved that you know the depth of issue and seeking help about this. Indeed mental health is as similar as any of your physical health. People easily take remedies for headache, backache, stomach ache and any of the pain but when it comes about your mental, its totally in denial. No body wants to talk or take as normal. No concern is taken seriously. It also need medication, cure and care at right time. Please continue your support and try him to take medication, it will heal for sure. Please do take care to yourself also. My best regards to you and please try to update if need any moral support from me.
best regards, anjana

Shivani Saharia
May 02
May 02

Hi Anjana,
Good Day

Thank for your concern, and sharing your kind words. This is really a less spoken article and problem which we keep on trapping in these four walls and in depth in our mind. This should be openly shared without being shameful about it. A problem is a problem and could be resolved in either ways. Patience & being strong is the key to fade away impact of it on our psychological and physical health.
I am glad to be in contact with such supportive sisters globally.

Blessings upon you !

Shivani Saharia

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 27
Apr 27

Hi Shivani,
I live in Montreal and will email you about your brother. Even though we are in lockdown we are allowed to walk 2 meters apart in the streets/parks. I will email you and see what I can do to meet your brother and find him some support. It must be so painful for you to not be with him right now.

Shivani Saharia
May 02
May 02

Hi Tam,

Thank you so much being in touch. I am so glad to see you soon to the place I will shifting to for the coming years. I am really grateful to have you through our world pulse global connections.

Blessings be upon you.

Shivani Saharia

Tamarack Verrall
May 02
May 02

Hi Shivani,
I did have a first call with your brother today and he mentioned too that you have plans o be here in the Fall, if all settles down with the virus. How great that we will be in the same city. Let's stay in touch, and I will be in touch again with your brother.

maeann
Apr 30
Apr 30

Shivani Hi :) Thank you for sharing. I hope you will be able to connect with any one leaving there in Quebec and timely support for your brother. Be strong for your brother.

Shivani Saharia
May 02
May 02

Hi Maeann,

Your Welcome. Thank you for your concern, You are kind.

Blessings,
Shivani Saharia