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Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide case is taking new turns with every passing day. Earlier reports of the actor battling depression surfaced but later his family and ex-girlfriend Ankita Lokhande said that Sushant was not the kind of guy who would be depressed. And now in a shocking turn of events, the ‘MS Dhoni’ actor’s therapist Susan Walker has confirmed that the actor was indeed suffering from depression and had bipolar disorder.

Susan even said that it was Rhea Chakraborty who encouraged Sushant to undergo therapy and was his biggest support. Read on to know the details.


Speaking to journalist Barkha Dutt, Susan said, “In light of the misinformation and conspiracy theories currently raging on social media about Sushant Singh Rajput and Rhea Chakraborty, I have decided it is my duty to make a statement. In my capacity as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, I met Sushant and Rhea on several occasions in November and December 2019 and communicated again with Rhea in June of this year.”

Confirming that the ‘Kedarnath’ actor indeed was suffering from depression, Susan further added, “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. It can affect anyone, regardless of class, financial status and so on. In a way that cancer can.”

The therapist went on to say that it is often the stigma surrounding mental illness that can drive people to commit suicide. Susan also called Rhea as Sushant’s mother figure as she always encouraged him. “When he was severely ill, he depended on her (Rhea) as somewhat of a mother figure and she completely filled that role with love, encouragement and patience. It was an incredibly hard time for her as seeing someone suffer through the cruelty of mental illnesses of family members. They need to keep it a secret and bear things in silence, an added trauma. The treatment that Rhea has received on social media is deeply shocking to me as I have only ever experienced her as deeply caring and sensitive person. Sushant’s sad and untimely death needs to be yet another lesson for us all–in ending of shame and stigma around mental illness.”

The therapist also said that Rhea was very concerned about Sushant and it was she who took care of Sushant’s appointment and encouraged him to seek medical treatment despite he being fearful that someone would find out.

While Susan came out in support of Rhea, Sushant’s family has accused her of abetment of suicide. An FIR is also filed against the ‘Jalebi’ actress. And both Mumbai and Bihar police are investigating Sushant’s death case.

We wonder what Sushant’s family and ex-girlfriend Ankita Lokhande have to say about his therapist’s claims. Until then you guys stay tuned to this space.

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