GUWAHATI: The mystery of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide case is no short of a Bollywood thriller. From promulgation of conspiracy theories to the demand of CBI inquiry from the involvement of high profile Bollywood celebs to gain of the political score in Bihar, but, it is looming around without much real investigative development.

This high-profile suicide case has taken a new turn yesterday with the statement of Ms. Susan Walker, Clinical Psychologist, and Hypnotherapist, of Sushant and Rhea. In a recorded audio message to the MOJO Story, a web media house, Psychologist Walker confirms that Sushant Singh Rajput was suffering from Bipolar Disorder, an acute mental health issue.

She met Sushant and Rhea on several occasions in November, December 2019 and was in touch till June 2020 with Rhea for the treatment of the late actor. According to National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), an agency for research on mental disorders, under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) states that “Bipolar disorder (formerly called manic-depressive illness or manic depression) is a mental disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, concentration, and the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks.”

Psychologist Walker anguished at the prevailing blatant demonstration of misogyny against actress Rhea Chakraborty and the abysmally development around the incident compelled her to make a statement in public. Expressing her agony at the stigma associated with mental illness, she said “mental illness is no different to Cancer or Diabetes.” She clarified stressing that there is no “shame” to have a mental illness.

Talking about her client Sushant, she said “Sushant was suffering terribly during his bouts of depression and hyper-mania.” Pointing out to the symptoms of mental illness of anyone she included “severe anxiety, major depression and sometimes disorder thinking in paranoia” as basic reasons for the same.

In her 3.20-minute long audio message she tried her best to defend actress Rhea Chakraborty, partner of the late actor. Mentioning Rhea as his “strongest support”, Psychologist Walker impressed at the love, concern, and support she rendered to Sushant during the consultations.

Walker added “Rhea took care of his appointments and gave him enough courage to attend, despite he (Sushant) was so fearful that someone would find out. when he (Sushant) was severely ill he depended on Rhea as somewhat of a mother figure and she (Rhea) could completely feel that role with love, encouragement, and patience.” The Therapist “shocked” by seeing the rage against Rhea in social media as she always experienced her as a “deeply caring and sensible person”.

The highly undue controversy that triggered the death of Sushant Singh Rajput has appealed much unnecessary attention which may divert the undergoing investigation. As the Therapist rightly pointed out mental illness is not a “shame” it’s just like other diseases.

However, this new development also has given a new buzz in the town to talk about. Many have questioned the credibility of the Therapist, as patient’s identity can’t be revealed by the consultant by citing concerning guidelines for the treatment of mental illness.

Author: Indrajit Sarma

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