Zaira Wasim, the performing artist who picked up fame after Dangal and Secret Superstar, has uncovered an extremely individual insight about her life.
In the same way as other famous people, Wasim announced how she felt self-destructive now and again and how troublesome it has been to fight melancholy.She took to Instagram to uncover her side of the story and it’s so overcome of her to share a piece of her own life.
Here is what she wrote:
“I’m writing this to admit and confess that I, for a very long time have been suffering from severe anxiety and depression. It’s almost been four years and I’ve always been embarrassed and scared to admit it not only because of the stigma that goes around with the word depression with it but most importantly because of always being told that ‘You’re too young to be depressed’ or ‘It’s just a phase. Perhaps it could’ve been ‘just a phase’ but this awful phase has put me in situations I never wished or chose to be in.
Popping five antidepressants every day, anxiety attacks, being rushed to the hospital in the middle of the night, feeling empty, restless, anxious, hallucinations, having sore limbs from sleeping too much to not being able to sleep for weeks, from overeating to starving myself, unexplained fatigue, body ache, self-loathing, nervous breakdowns, suicidal thoughts were all parts of this phase.
I’ve had and I’m still having, losing count of the number of times I have been told- ‘It’s nothing, you’re too young to be depressed. But I knew- I always did and I still do. I remember being told that there’s no such thing as depression, it only happens to people to were above 25. But I could never actually accept the fact that I suffer from a disorder called depression- that affects almost 350 million people worldwide; without asking for their permission to ruin their mental and emotional state or asking them their age.
Today I’m finally ready to understand my illness and embrace the version of myself which I’ve always wanted to accept, without being ashamed, embarrassed and having the fear of being judged for it.
I just need a complete break from everything, my social life, my work, school and especially social media. I’m really looking forward to the holy month of Ramadhan as it may be the perfect opportunity to figure things out. Please remember me in your prayers.
A big hug to all the people who stood by me through all my emotional ups and downs, especially my family, I can never thank you enough for being so patient.”