Each year across the globe millions of lives are lost to suicide. That being said, estimates suggest that India lost a staggering 2,30,314 lives to suicide in 2016 (Dandona et al., 2018). Over the years, suicide has slowly announced itself as a full-blown national crisis.
Pain is an old enemy, and a new friend. I write today to talk about my journey of coming to terms with my health conditions – Fibromyalgia Syndrome, and Bipolar Affective Disorder Type 2. I have learnt to accept that I live with these two disorders, and that I can still live a meaningful life… Continue reading Learning to Accept my Diagnosis and Moving Ahead
Dear Pooja, Read this when there is minimum brain fog and your muscles are allowing you to smile. I remember you as the chubby cherub in the hills, the no-physical activity kid who used to live in some parallel reality of books and colors. I remember you as the sickly child who would always catch… Continue reading A Letter to the Warrior Woman I have become by Pooja Priyamvada
Depression occurs in phases. I battled depression for three years having had a very disturbed childhood. “There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” ― Laurell K. Hamilton My parents didn't get along. My mother and I never had a normal relationship, as it should… Continue reading Battling Demons – Inside Out
One of the most difficult parts of having an invisible illness like bipolar/depression/schizophrenia/Fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue etc. is that people never really understand the depth of your pain and how much you may be going through. Someone having to live with an invisible illness has to try and do so much more to be able to survive in… Continue reading How I’d like you to treat people with an invisible illness!
"What are you suffering from? Never heard of it." "You are faking it. You look totally healthy to me." "It is all in your head." "You are just finding excuses for not working." "You are being lazy. That's all" "You are such an attention seeker." "Start concentrating your energy on something useful." "You don't look… Continue reading Invisible Illness – Why is it important to understand them?