Khalid Fayaz opens up about being bipolar in an unapologetic manner, discussing his experience of suffering from the condition in this piece with candid confessions to raise awareness about mental health in Kashmir. There is as usual a certain level of stigma attached to mental illness around the world and in Kashmiri society it can be more intense and detrimental. This personal account does not offer any sort of professional advice, but rather explains the experience of its writer to contextualize the illness, which in any case should be considered a mental health condition, as opposed to a mental illness. Regardless of the terminology employed, Fayaz brings forth a brave self-affirmation to open the debate on how those who suffer from his condition, and live with it day by day, are perceived and treated in Kashmiri society.

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