Friday, 4 April 2014

D for Depression!!


       Little Diya watched as her parents started to fight. Her dad had come home drunk again and her mom was shouting absurdities at him. Obviously the man wouldn't take it quietly and he would shout too. And the fight would go on, till he would either walk out or sometimes hit his wife in anger! This had become a daily routine in Diya’s home. She wouldn't understand what this whole thing was about; she was only ten years old. She longed for some love, some care but she got none. Her mother, drowned in her own sorrow, never paid attention to Diya's needs and her father never cared.

       Poor Diya used to see kids of her age talk lovingly about their parents. She longed for the same love. She cried she threw tantrums; she did everything she could to catch the attention of her parents but all she got was scolding and some beating for her misbehavior! Not knowing what to do, the girl slowly started to withdraw into her shell. She stopped complaining or expecting; she had totally stopped talking with anyone. The girl went to depression; she had become like a living corpse. Her performance too went down in school.

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       That’s when it finally caught attention of her teacher. She at first tried talking to Diya but she wouldn't speak a word! She slowly got from the neighbour's that this might be due to the ill environment of her home. It hurt the teacher to see how a bright kid was suffering due to her parents’ mistake! She tried talking some sense in her dad which didn't help. But mother’s heart started to melt. She realized how her negligence was the reason for all this! She stopped worrying about her own self and started to take care of her daughter. She avoided the fights, no matter how much it hurt her to see her husband waste his money on drinking when it was difficult to even make the ends meet. She worked hard and with the help of the kind teacher, she was finally becoming successful in breaking the ice that had formed around Diya's heart. The girl was finally coming out of depression.

       Now years later, Diya still shudders at the memory. “Not having anyone to talk to is probably one of the biggest reasons to get depressed. I am glad my teacher helped me at the time when I needed it the most or I wouldn't have been able to cope up with it alone!” she says as she proceeds to counsel her next patient who is a victim of depression!

PS: Linking this post to the A-Z Challenge 2014 and Ultimate Blog Challenge April 2014.




Until the next post,
Keep Smiling :)

Love,
Swathi :)

52 comments:

  1. You touched a very insightful topic today ....it's true that so many among us suffer simply because of negligence of family members who remain unaware of the situation . Sometimes communication gap becomes the major reason leading a person into an isolated world from where he/she is unable to come out . Hope every one becomes a bit more careful and cautious for the people dealing with depression .

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    1. True Sushree.. each one of us are so busy dealing with our own life, that we seldom care what others are going through!! Atleast the family and friends have to be careful about this else as you mentioned, the person might withdraw from the outer world!
      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  2. Well written Swathi, So proud of you :)
    In such a short time you have mastered the art of touching the heart of the readers.

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    1. OH thank you so much ananya ^_^ am smiling ear to ear now :) :)

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  3. How sad, but thank heavens that teacher cared enough to get involved and make a difference in that girls life before it was too late. Brilliantly written♥

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    1. That's true Kathy.. else the girl would have withdrawn in her shell forever!! Thank you for stopping by :)

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  4. Nicely woven story. So many young people struggle not having someone to talk to. And in India, it's sad that there still aren't mandatory school counsellors. I struggled with anxiety in high school & there was no one helpful there. But that's what spurred me to become a psychologist for teenagers...

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    1. I love your profession PB!! Honestly.. I am glad you didn't give in to the anxiety and have now become a person who helps other overcome their fears :) Thank you for stopping by :)

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  5. thats one brilliant story *_* keep writing :)

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  6. Very good word pictures painted. Written from the heart. well done

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  7. Yep lack of communication does lead to depression. Especially in kids, who can they turn to.love the positivity in the end :)

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    1. Thats true!! Its parents whom kids share with during their childhood and if they fail to respond, it may lead to situations like this! Thank you for visiting :)

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  8. A sensitive issue nicely dealt with.

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  9. The teacher became the diya for Diya to see the light. If just one person who believes in happiness then they can help others find it too :) lovely story.

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  10. An issue with a positive ending... I like such endings :) You have raise an issue which is very much prevelent in our society these days!!! Good one! :)

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  11. A story that starts in pain and ends in hope. Beautifully done, Swathi!

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  12. Well the role teachers play in our lives is always underrated!

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    1. Some people do like that! But teachers do play an important role in shaping the children's future!

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  13. Thank god for such wonderful teachers! A sensitive topic dealt quite nicely in this story, Swathi.

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  14. Going through depression is one thing,,and getting the person out of it ,is truly a stone breaking task,,,ppl lyk diya's teacher are fewer in number,,,,,, whereas society today thinks depression as a very serious mental ailment,,,and point finger at the victim,,,,only few come out and give a helping hand!!!!!!!

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    1. True saddy :) People give them a label of 'mentally imbalanced person' and keep laughing at them not even once realising the impact!!

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  15. Dear Swathi:

    This one rings truer than you could ever know. I wish I'd had a teacher to help as Diya did.

    Best regards,
    Elizabeth

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    1. I can sense that you had a rough time Elizabeth! I hope you are doing well now! *Hugs*

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  16. Swathi, perhaps this post can be circulated among schools to better equip themselves today. With changing lifestyles, depression at a young age will be an issue in coming days.

    Richa

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    1. True Richa!! People have to be made aware of this and asked to take care of the person going through depression rather than shunning them away

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  17. A very touching tale! Children are usually affected in the fights of their parents!

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  18. Thank God for observant teachers. Nice post. Powerful.
    Deb@ http://debioneille.blogspot.com

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  19. And this is why a listening ear is important.

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  20. This is good. It really underlies the difference that one person can make in someone else's life. We should never hesitate to reach out when help is needed. Welcome to the A-Z!
    Shells–Tales–Sails

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    1. Thanks Sharon :) Yeah you are right.. Atleast we could start from helping our near and dear ones!!

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  21. A really well crafted post, Swathi. I'm glad that the teacher intervened and was able to remedy the situation. Not everyone has a well meaning guardian angel outside the home!

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    1. Thank you :) True, guardian angel is the word that can be used for that teacher!!

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  22. God knows where you ppl learn to write so.. !!! :( i gotta screw myself for it :( Superb post :)

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    1. Thanks Shyam :D btw you are doing pretty good.. so chill ;)

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  23. Glad that the teacher saw what Diya was going through and helped her to come out of her depression. More power to such people who help and make a difference in other people's lives!

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    1. Yep more power to people like them but the sad thing is, people like them are less in comparision! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  24. Heart touching story Athos. A brilliant ending too :)

    Stri

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  25. This is the second blog of yours that I am reading..first being..E for Embarrassment:) very good,simple clear presentation..one easily gets connected to your blogs

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    1. Oh thank you :) That means a lot :) Keep visiting :)

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  26. You've beautifully described a situation that quite a few kids go through. Diya was lucky that her teacher was observant and compassionate.

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    1. Yes! She indeed was! Thanks for stopping by :)

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