Mumbai artist opens up about his struggle with depression, says it can be cured

Santosh Lad says with continuous help from a psychiatrist, depression can be treated

Five years ago, Santosh Lad’s life came to a standstill as he suffered from depression. Lad stayed unemployed for three years, but fought the disease and defeated it.

An animator and painter by profession, Lad faced suicidal tendency because of the disease. “I suffered from depression six months after getting married due to marital issues. I was unable to deal with my problems and felt suicidal,” said Lad. While he filed for a divorce, he took help of a psychiatrist to treat depression.

Santosh Lad with his artwork

“I was completely broken and demotivated. I lost my job and was unemployed for three long years,” said Lad.

The doctors spent hours understanding his problem, suicidal tendency and depression. “After visiting and talking to them regularly, I started drifting away from depression” said Lad.

Lad continues his treatment and now conducting exhibitions on paintings of series of portraits depicting scenes from the Ramayana.

The artist has started painting a series of portraits depicting scenes from the Ramayana. “Till today I have done 10 exhibitions to show case my paintings. Now I freelance for an online channel for children, Creative Kidz and Siksha animation studio,” said Lad.

On Word Mental Health Week , Lad said, “I appeal to all people who suffer from depression to not shy away from asking for professional help. Doctors helped through counselling and have discovered a new zest for life.”

World Health Organisation (WHO) describes depression is a common mental disorder. It estimates that globally, 350 million people of all ages suffer from depression.

Dr Sagar Mundada, consultant psychiatrist of KEM Hospital, says, “With regular counselling, psycho therapies and continuous medications for around 6 to 7 months, Lad’s condition improved.  Within a year, we were glad he picked up his brushes again and started flourishing in his career.”

“There are degrees of depression. If not picked up and treated, at its worst, depression can lead to suicide,” said Dr Heena Merchant, general secretary, Bombay Psychiatric Society.


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