EXCLUSIVE: ‘Stay Alive’ – This Heart Wrenching Silent Film on Depression Speaks Volumes!

The mute psychological film illustrates emotional imbalance of a depressed person through mere facial expressions but throbs the heart at the very first sight

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Stay Alive Film Poster

– by Naina Mishra

June 20, 2017:

Suicidal tendencies in adolescents are surging rapidly and taking a severe toll nowadays, and one of the prime reasons for suicides is Depression. It is a detrimental state of mind which begins to incubate in at a very early age. There comes a time in life when misery becomes inconsolable. Many people experience such an agonizing time in life and coming out of with sanity is a matter of endurance. What many do not understand is the magnitude of time, which has the power to heal the wounds caused by distress.

In the uproar of the gravest issue, a Chandigarh-based Filmmaker, Amit Chauhan took the stance to bring awareness among the youth about depression with a Short Film titled “Stay Alive” to rear the youths with a positive frame of mind and help them deal with dejection.

Newsgram is the official media partner with “STAY ALIVE” directed by Amit Chauhan Film Co, starring Shweta Sharma as the protagonist.

The teaser of the film is out on social media and has already occupied a space of its own. The mute psychological film illustrates emotional imbalance of a depressed person through mere facial expressions but throbs the heart at the very first sight.

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“A lot of my friends committed suicide as they were very depressed. I have myself seen my father in a bad phase owing to a chronic disease and it was really difficult for me to cope with it. In earlier times, people were connected with each other but now our society has become materialistic and has succumbed to superficial evil. People have high end expectations from life which they do not speak about and feel miserable in the end. It is pertinent to talk about the issue and come up with an immediate solution. People should talk it out with anyone they feel comfortable with. It is all about a positive outlook towards life, one wrong step can leave an irrecoverable loss to the near and dear ones. It is important to stay alive” – Amit Chauhan, Director of Stay Alive

 

Watch Teaser | Stay Alive

Newsgram brings to you an exclusive interview with the lead actress of the film, Shweta Sharma. She has earlier appeared on Punjabi Film ‘Rabb Da Radio’. The actress is known for her roles in various social documentaries. She was featured in an advertisement on Safety and Security with the famous comedian on Kapil show, Chandan Prabhakar. Her upcoming project includes a series based on ISIS, a terror group in Syria.

Naina: The film has no dialogues, how difficult was it to express through only facial expressions?

Shweta:  Acting has no language and I truly abide by this. I am an artist who has exhibit the feeling through expressions, which is a part of acting. It was not difficult for me to express through facial expressions because I could feel the trauma of depression afflicted on young boys and girls. I simply connected with them.

Naina: Can you talk about the issue which the film is highlighting?

Shweta: Stay Alive is a mute psychological movie based on depression and suicide. It’s an awareness movie for the people who are suffering mentally and stuck up in their thoughts for years. The message of the movie is very clear and beautiful at the end which is “never lose hope”. Rest you can see when it will be released.

Naina: Did you ever face depression in your life?

Shweta: No, I haven’t faced it and I wish nobody faces this mental illness. I have seen my Grand Mother suffering from depression and it was heartbreaking to see her. I still remember, I was 18 years old and used to see her passing through the difficult phase. I have observed her and imitated in the film, recalling those times has always been gloomy for me.

Naina: What social message would you like to convey to the audience?

Shweta: I would like to tell all the people out there to never lose hope in life. We have forgotten ourselves in the chaotic city life. Take a wide look around and look for people whose behavior appears abnormal to you. Help people combat their inner web of melancholy thoughts. You might just save someone’s life.

“Stay Alive” is releasing on 25th July in association with Newsgram.

Life is a gift of God but we forget the essence of it and starts tearing ourselves. All we can do is play our part and make a constant effort to make our lives better and stay alive.

 


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Women Anxious Before IVF May Face Serious Mental Disorders if the Treatment Fails: Report

Dr. Aswati Nair, Fertility Consultant, Nova IVF Fertility, Delhi sheds light on how depression and anxiety can affect IVF

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IVF or any fertility treatment can cause anxiety in a childless couple. Pixabay

Getting bouts of anxiety while going through In-vitro fertilization (IVF) or any other fertility treatment is common for any childless couple. Dr. Aswati Nair, Fertility Consultant, Nova IVF Fertility, Delhi sheds light on how depression and anxiety can affect IVF.

But it’s pivotal that the stress should be managed initially, if it is ignored it can take an emotional toll on women’s mental health. Firstly, opting to for IVF is a life-altering decision by a couple. Though it brings with it a renewed sense of hope and purpose, the experience can be an intense for everyone involved.

According to a latest report published in the ‘Fertility and Sterility Journal’, women who are stressed and anxious before IVF can face serious mental disorders if the treatment fails. The journal further added women should not feel pressured to be a “good IVF patient” who’s free of stress. And, they should not blame themselves if they feel stressed out and their IVF attempt fails. The doctors should facilitate psychological intervention, if need be to help women feel better, and not focus entirely on just increasing their chances of pregnancy.

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Women should not feel pressured to be a “good IVF patient” who’s free of stress. Pixabay

Relation between depression and infertility

It is still unclear whether depression itself can cause infertility but there are some studies available which found a correlation between depression and increased rates of infertility. Some suggests that an overlap in some of the hormonal issues are involved in both conditions. Moreover, depression disrupts your daily routine and lifestyle that adversely impact the fertility. For example, depression often causes an over reaction or lack of appetite,resulting in being overweight or underweight. All these increase the chances of infertility. Besides, sometimes depressed people get addicted to smoke or liquor to get rid of their negative thoughts, resulting in infertility issues.

Can pregnancy Cure Depression?

It has been witnessed that people, who have experiences infertility failures in the past, are more prone to depression during pregnancy and also have an increased chance of getting postpartum depression. A woman or a couple needs to understand that not being able to conceive or failing to become a parent through means like surrogacy or adoption,isn’t the end o the world. It is possible to find hope and happiness again if we just shift our focus on something else for some time. If depression has taken hold, it’s unlikely to resolve on its own. Depression due to a miscarriage or failed IVF treatment is tough to overcome. Researchers have found that it can stay up to three years irrespective of if you’re pregnant or not. Therefore, counseling is pivotal throughout the grieving process so that one can overcome this dark phase and start afresh with new hopes and outlook.

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Researchers have found that depression can stay up to three years irrespective of if you’re pregnant or not. Pixabay

Also Read: Above 51% Women Believe Indian Schools Don’t Have Menstrual Awareness Programme: Survey

Feeling better is the Key

Some couples feel antidepressants which are used for treatment have a negative effect on health as they cause hindrance when trying to conceive again. While once cannot completely rule this thought process out.

In fact, some studies have found that treating depression with counseling and anti-depressants together increased pregnancy success. That said, for milder depression, anti-depressant medications are just one of many treatment options. Depression can also be treated with psychological counselling, support groups, and mind-body therapies. (IANS)

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Stress Cleaning is A Real Thing

Stress cleaning is a real thing, it can be destructive or productive subjectively

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Stress Cleaning can be good or bad, know more about it. Pixabay

Picking up cleaning equipment and getting down to clear clutter around oneself could be one possible way to cope with stress. Many health opinions suggest stress cleaning is an actual issue many people worldwide face. But, what really is stress cleaning?

“The act of cleaning, if done within limits, can bring an added benefit of exercise, which can be great for relieving stress, so called ‘stress-cleaning’. Response to stress can be subjective, for example, some people can comfort eat or exercise or some may resort to cleaning as a way of stress-busting”, states Dr Santosh Bangar, Consultant Psychiatrist, Global Hospital, Mumbai told IANSlife.

A cluttered house can lead to negative emotions like irritability, tension, worry, whereas a clean space is more likely to be linked to positive emotions like feeling happy, calm and a sense of wellbeing. People can experience a feeling of achievement or pride, enhanced self-esteem after a cleaning-up session.

What causes it?

Our brain responds to stress with a fight or flight reaction by the amygdala, which is associated with facilitating emotions like fear or anxiety. Another brain area called the prefrontal cortex regulating emotions gets deactivated and works less. So, while the stress is getting triggered, the system supposed to keep it in check is slowing down!

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Stress Cleaning can be a real issue in lockdown. Pixabay

Why it could be good and bad?

The response to stress is subjective, as some people can respond well to stress or even thrive (healthy stress), while other people’s emotions can be excessive leading to a full blown panic attack, characterised by shaking of body, dryness of mouth, sweating, palpitations, rapid breathing, feeling of impending doom. If excessive stress goes undetected or untreated, it may have number of physical and mental health complications.

Depression, anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, substance misuse, sleep disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and suicide in extreme cases are known complications of untreated and persistent stress. Stress cleaning can worsen or induce OCD, Dr Bangar says.

The physical health complications include, impaired blood sugar or diabetes, high blood pressure or hypertension, heart attack, impaired fat levels and uncommonly various forms of cancers.

Also Read: Young Indians Are At An Evergrowing Risk Of Hypertension

Stress management:

Various forms of relaxation techniques are useful in dealing with stress, one such being ‘stress-cleaning’ or ‘stress-baking’ during periods of social isolation or lockdown. Others can be meditation, for example, mindfulness, yoga or deep breathing exercise. Listening to soothing music, taking regular exercise are other ways of managing stress at home. Reduce caffeine, smoking and alcohol intake, getting a refreshing sleep and eating a balanced diet can go long way to reduce stress. Of course, if these measures are not enough, then one must seek specialist professional help at the earliest. (IANS)

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Negative Environment at Home Can Lead to Depression Among Children

How home environment can put kids at depression risk later

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Generally, the children in adopted homes showed lower risk, but whatever the setting, episodes of major depression in the parents meant the children were more susceptible to depression themselves, the researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University (US) and Lund University (Sweden) said. Pixabay

Researchers have found that children’s rearing environment has a major impact on their risk for major depression later in life. This is a health and lifestyle article.

For the findings, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the research team analysed the health records of full and half-siblings with at least one biological parent with depression who were raised by either their biological parents or in carefully screened adoptive homes.

Generally, the children in adopted homes showed lower risk, but whatever the setting, episodes of major depression in the parents meant the children were more susceptible to depression themselves, the researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University (US) and Lund University (Sweden) said.

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They identified 666 high-risk full sibling pairs and 2,596 high-risk pairs of half-siblings each with at least one child reared at home and one adopted. High risk was defined as having at least one biological parent with major depression.

In Sweden, the adoptive parents are carefully screened and undergo a rigorous selection process to ensure their ability to “provide a supportive and generally advantaged home for their adoptive child.”

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Researchers have found that the rearing environment has a major impact on risk for major depression later in life of children. Pixabay

In the full sibling group, the risk for major depression among adopted siblings was 23 per cent lower than the sibling raised in the home with their birth family.

In the group of half-siblings, the risk of depression was 19 per cent lower for the adopted siblings.

For both the full and half-sibling groups, the protective effect of adoption disappeared when an adoptive parent or step-sibling had major depression.

Also Read- Children Who Experience Trauma and Abuse Likely to Have Heart Disease: Study

According to the study, results demonstrate the strong impact of the rearing environment on risk for major depression and support the importance of intervention efforts to improve the rearing environment in high-risk families.

The study authors concluded that their results “further strengthen the evidence that high-quality rearing environments can meaningfully reduce rates of major depression in individuals at high familial risk.” (IANS)