Manotsav Foundation is working in the field of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. We undertake a range of public health activities such as awareness building, mental health literacy surveys and provide clinical care to this population.
Here’s what some of the people we have worked with have said
I stopped stepping out because I feared that people will judge me. It became stressful to be in the public eye at that time. One part of my heart wanted to come back to the movies right after Hans was born, but the other part didn’t want to. My insecurities became too big and I was afraid people would judge me for my weight if I stepped out of my home.
Anxiety has been a big problem for me, but I think my biggest struggle has been depression. There was a time I didn’t want to get out of the house. I used to get really emotional, I used to sit in a corner and just cry for hours. I apparently have Body Dysmorphic Disorder. You get fixated on one body part, and you are just obsessed with how much you don't like it.
I have hit rock bottom many times. The world didn’t know what was going on because acting is such a camouflage. You are playing the other person and don’t have the time to delve into your own sorrow. I take it as a challenge and overcome it.
I have days where I feel good and then I have days where I don’t. One minute everything is fine and the next it’s like someone turned the light off inside my head. I go quiet and it’s difficult to get out of bed.
For one year I did not even know what was happening to me, I had no idea and I just used to feel very dark, gloomy and sad. I did not know what was the reason behind this, but I felt directionless.
I thought it was stress, so I tried to distract myself by focusing on work and surrounding myself with people, which helped for a while. But the nagging feeling didn’t go away. My breath was shallow I suffered from lack of concentration and I broke down often. Life all of a sudden just felt meaningless and there were days when I just wanted to give up. I was diagnosed with clinical depression. Four years and I stand here in front of all of you With a slightly better understanding, I think, of life and my feelings and the person that I am.
Everything seems normal until you start talking, you get stuck and you don’t know why. Right from your toes to the ends of your hair strands, you are in complete shock. Your heart pal-pitates, you don’t understand and you are aware of people looking at you. You can compare it to Hell.
I was not good in school.I could never read very fast or very well.
I got tested for learning disability, for dyslexia.Then I got put on Ritalin and Dexedrine.I took those starting in the eighth grade.
As soon as they pumped that drug into me, it would focus me right in.