Jhanvi Sethi - Depression can have can have both mental and physical symptoms.

by Aryeman

Sushant Singh Rajput's death has once again made us discuss depression and mental health and how much awareness is still required. A happy, chirpy person can easily be depressed, but people around might not even have a clue. The symptoms of depression vary from person to person, and psychologist Jhanvi Sethi says that it can have both mental and physical symptoms. 

"Everyone’s experience of depression is different, not everyone who has depression will experience the same symptom. It can have both mental and physical symptoms. You only need a few of these symptoms to be diagnosed with depression, like feeling low mood swings, feeling worthless, physical aches and pains with no obvious cause, losing interest in activities you used to enjoy and loss of concentration, sleeping less or more, thoughts of self-harm or suicide. 

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"People with moderate or severe depression can also develop delusions, such as paranoia, hallucinations, such as hearing voices, but this is less common," she said. 

Jhanvi started her NGO, My Zindagi Foundation, in 2018, along with her actor husband Vikas Sethi and psychologist Dixita Mehta. She mentioned that due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, there has been an increase in the number of calls to their NGO. 

"There has been a tremendous increase in the number of calls especially during Covid times. We try to talk to the person calling in and simply hear them out. That's the first basic step and then we provide them support, guidance and counselling on the basis of their circumstance," she said.