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A brief explainer on hypomania: Signs and symptoms

Weeks after Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide, there have been several speculations as to what was the reason behind him taking such a drastic step. While initial reports suggested that Sushant had been suffering from depression for a while, in a new interview, to a media channel, the late actor’s therapist revealed that he was suffering from depression and hypomania, which is a symptom of bipolar disorder as well, leading him to take this grave step.

Although the revelation has garnered lot of criticism considering it to be a breach of patient-confidentiality trust, psychologist-therapist, Susan Walker said:

“Sushant was suffering terribly during his bouts of depression and hypomania. I met Sushant and Rhea on several occasions in November and December 2019 and communicated again with Rhea in June of this year. Sushant was suffering from bipolar disorder, a severe mental illness that can be crippling for an individual during an episode. The symptoms of which can include severe anxiety, major depression and sometimes disordered thinking and paranoia. The continuing, appalling stigma around mental illness makes it very difficult for patients and their families to reach out. This has to stop. Mental illness is no different than cancer or diabetes.”


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