One of the major reasons why most people are oblivious to severe depression is because there are no bodily manifestations of the disease.
We commonly associate any disease with physical illness and more often than not, the manifestations on the body are entirely absent.
The person might appear absolutely normal and go about his daily routine as usual but we don’t realise that his mind hs started playing dangerous games with him.
There are several kinds of depressions and most of them are manageable with a little bit of external help but what is widely accepted as the most dangerous, is the deadly ‘Severe Depression’ or ‘Acute Depression’ (also known as Major Depressive Disorder). It is widely regarded as potentially fatal by doctors and psychologists alike. HERE is a link that documents the early warning signs of severe depression.
There are various forms of depression and many of us suffer from them. However, we don’t want to admit it and more often than not don’t admit that we are sick.
In the process, I frequently consult my office colleagues, specially Professor Anju Kapoor, who’s a college principal based in Mumbai. Kapoor is PhD in Psychology and specialises in understanding depression among young adults.
So though I am not a doctor, I can safely say that I have got considerable experience in figuring out if a person is suffering from Severe Depression.
Why am I talking about Depression today? It is because of comedian Kapil Sharma who recently had a very public meltdown.
I am of the opinion that Kapil Sharma is at a dangerous crossroad of Severe Depression and he needs urgent professional help. He is at a stage where he should forced to take medical help.
One of Kapil Sharma’s earliest TV appearances as a comedian
So, more challenging situations are lurking in the corners for Kapil in the future if whatever he is going through currently is not enough. This is a potentially dangerous road ahead of him.
Kapil’s former girlfriend and manager, Priti Simoes (who is widely credited with shaping his career) has publicly admitted that he is suffering from severe mental health issues and his personality has changed.
Here’s what Preeti Simoes said recently.
She has also warned in as many words that Kapil Sharma is suicidal and that there is an urgent need to intervene in the matter to prevent a tragedy.
The problem is: Nobody is listening.
You can ask any psychiatrist and they will tell you that extreme aggression and anger manifestations of severe depression.
Comedians getting afflicted with severe depression is fairly common across the world.
It is a well-known fact most of the greatest comedians in the world have suffered or continue to battle with severe depression.
If acute depression shaped the life and works of the legendary Charlie Chaplin, it also took away the life of Robin Williams.
One of Kapil Sharma’s latest outings on TV, note the change in appearance
Depression is a major illness that continue to afflict the best comedians around the world and scientists are still trying to decipher why such a phenomenon is so common among a sect of human beings who are, otherwise, hilariously funny in front of a crowd.
HERE is a list of 30 world-famous who are suffering from major depression. Be prepared to be surprised. The list perhaps contains the name of every comedian of whom you are a huge fan.
I guess by now I have been able to establish that it is not surprising that Kapil Sharma is going through what hundreds of others like him have experienced before.
And this makes us arrive at the most critical question I am asking all of you today.
WHY AREN’T ANYBODY RESPONDING OR INTERVENING?
Whatever Kapil Sharma is doing these days are classic signs of a dangerously depressed mind that urgently needs specialised medical intervention. Kapil Sharma needs immediate medical attention. He cannot be left alone. He needs to be surrounded by people who understand what he is going through. And most importantly, he need complete detachment from his present circumstances.
The negative influences and his friends who are adversely affecting him should be moved out of his life immediately.
Instead of castigating him for his actions, we must empathize with him and understand that he might not be in complete control of his actions.
At this stage, he cannot go around police stations and courts or even appear in front of the camera. He cannot be mocked, ridiculed, vilified or pushed around.
By instigating him and making him suffer, we are actually slow poisoning his mind into severe pain.
Any doctor will tell you that in some of these cases, the mind revolts against reason and tries to ease the pain it is experiencing, by forcing the body to take a drastic step.
Are we prepared to watch him suffer and lose him in the process?
Is Kapil Sharma just a famous comedian who is only allowed to entertain or is Kapil Sharma a human being who is suffering extreme pain in his mind and screaming for help?
Are you ready help Kapil Sharma or hysterically clap from the dress circles as he continues to scream in pain from a public podium?
Can you hear his desperate cries for help?
Edit and Attribution: The above blog first appeared as an answer on Quora. The answer on Quora was written by me too.
Here’s the LINK
to the Quora answer, if you are interested.