Finding Strength Within

As I’m sitting down after, listening to Deepika Padukone’s interview on NDTV, about her personal experience of depression, I’m moved to the point where tears are rolling down my eyes and I feel an immense sense of respect, admiration for her.

I look back at my life as a Psychologist, where clients chose to trust me with their deepest vulnerable selves, I realize how most of them have moved on to a better space, where they are more in charge, have dealt with past baggage and chosen to turn their vulnerabilities into their strength. The interview was a reminder of how some clients have said exactly the same words that Deepika narrated.

Sometimes depression or anxiety leads a silent life, within us. We choose not to acknowledge it, as we believe it as a phase that would pass. As the Psychologist Guy Winch says — We cannot just shake off the depression, it needs to be handled and managed. Most clients show immense resilience and inherent strength that comes to life as we begin to deal with the layers of depression in therapy. A client whom I worked with, a few years back, told me how depression was a blessing in disguise. It reminded her how there were ways to fight it and choose a life where one is more in touch with oneself.

I’m often asked how I can distance myself from all the pain and sadness that clients bring in to therapy. The answer is quite simple actually — my clients also bring a deeper sense of hope, resilience and an ability to fight back, which makes me admire the human spirit even in moments when they are fragile.

We all feel vulnerable, and awareness of this vulnerability is our strength. Our strength to heal, to find meaning in moments of despair, and most importantly, as Deepika did, bare one’s personal journey so as to heal many others.

Advertisements

5 Comments

  1. I’m a clinical social worker, and I feel the exact same way. There are very few days when I go home feeling depressed or defeated by life. More often, my clients demonstrate such resilience and resourcefulness in the face of difficulty that I find myself going home inspired, moved and humbled. Loved this post, and your perspective on your work.

    Like

    Reply

    1. Thanks for your feedback. It’a feeling of mutuality as I hear your perspective. Thanks for your personal sharing. I hope you touch more lives and can facilitate them in their personal journey. More power and warmth to you.

      Like

      Reply

    2. Thanks for your feedback. It’a feeling of mutuality as I hear your perspective. I hope you touch more lives and can facilitate them in their personal journey. More power and warmth to you.

      Like

      Reply

  2. I suffer from depression and I do not pretend it is not there. I tried to fight it but you can’t do it alone. I am on medication and I see a therapist once a week. If you had cancer would you see a doctor? People need to realize that mental illness is a disease. Nothing to be ashamed of. Thank you for your posting. And the help you gave and give others.

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s