NAIROBI, Kenya— Former Nairobi Woman Representative, Rachel Shebesh has opened up on battling bipolar disorder and depression, explaining how it affected her life.
Shebesh has been predominantly missing from the eyes of the public for years after she was replaced from her position.
In a video posted on her social media page, Shebesh revealed she has been seeking medical attention to tame bipolar condition that dragged her to depression.
Bipolar is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless and lose interest or pleasure in most activities.
“I suffer from Bipolar but bipolar has been there for a long time running my life without me having any control over it and in that process, I became very depressed,” she said in the Video.
Rachel Shebesh who currently works as Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service and Gender noted that depression is like any other sickness and should be addressed, not stigmatised.
“I’m talking about this because there could be someone here sitting and wondering what we are all doing here. Believe it’s not that something is wrong with you, you could be going through depression and depression is treatable and it has medication.” She continued.
“I take medicine for Bipolar and I take medicine for depression because when I went into depression, I took my family down, I lost my strength on the ground as a politician just because I did not know, I was not sure and I was not ready.”
“But the day I took control of my mental health, bipolar doesn’t control me, it’s just part of who I am,” narrated Rachel Shebesh.
Shebesh also encouraged young people to speak out about the challenges they’re facing and always check on their loved ones who might fall victims to Mental health challenges.
I have experienced Mental Health challenges & I want to encourage young people to speak out. Mental health is real, depression is real. Always check up on the people you love.@PSYGKenya @Kenya_NI_Mimi@nadia_abdalla_ @MOH_Kenya @WHO#Shebeshspeaks#MotivationMonday pic.twitter.com/AcOohRqo1g
— Rachel Shebesh (@Rachelshebesh) February 28, 2021