Living with crippling depression is hard but you know what’s harder? living in a country where depression and counselling is considered a taboo, where parents fail to even acknowledge mental well-being. According to a recent study by World Health Organization, India is considered the most depressed country with 36% of Indians likely to suffer from depression at some point in their lives.
People in India won’t tell their parents about their mental health, but when they somehow do fathom courage and decide to confront them, this is how the conversation usually goes.
And ends up with this
People have recently started talking about what it’s like to have depression and they couldn’t be more accurate:
Tell Indian parent the zit on face is harmless and they’ll will still want meds.
Tell them child has depression, they will change doctors.
— Wazzamata (@wazzamata) May 20, 2015
It’s sad how so many brown people suffer from depression but we can’t ever address it because most of our families don’t believe it exists..
— Indian Stats (@Indian_stats) July 11, 2016
Indian kids: I’m suffering from depression, anxiety, insomnia & I’m worried
Indian parents: here rub Tiger Balm on your temples & drink this
— محمد • زاهر • إبراهي (@mo_zaahir) September 8, 2016
u can’t have depression according to desi parents u just need to have a few paracetamols init
— زينب (@zainvbs) January 31, 2016
Asian parents are actually the worst at understanding mental wellbeing. They assume you’re doing fine just because you’re still breathing.
— (S)RK 🇧🇩 (@R1LKHAN) July 10, 2016
Talking to Indian parents about mental health… pic.twitter.com/ezbCE5kNym
— Champagne Paaji (@INSPVernacular) December 10, 2016
Desi parents will beat the depression right out of you.
— . (@ZoydPls) August 13, 2015
when it comes to ‘depression’ for youngsters the desi society always considers it as overacting, our elders need to take this seriously.
— Aemun. (@KaliiJenner) October 15, 2016
The problm with Indian parents is dat they feel going to a psychologist is a Taboo.
& that constant nagging will help their depressed child.
— Jenny (@__MissJv) May 17, 2016
I spent an hour explaining depression to my desi friend. Showed him PET scans and suicide stats yet he still doesn’t think it’s real.
— Sam (@baegladeshi) December 28, 2016
Desi parents take depression so lightley “yay sab dramay hai”
— Sidra. (@FlyingCarpet365) June 26, 2015