A lot of misinterpretations and unwanted news have been surrounding Sushant’s death. From targeting Karan Johar, Sonam Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and more from the film industry for encouraging nepotism to Sushant’s father filing a complaint against the late actor’s girlfriend and actress Rhea Chakraborty for abatement and “money snatching”, there seems to be many versions. Adding to the list, Sushant Singh Rajput’s therapist Susan Walker based out of Mumbai, stated that the actor was suffering from a severe bipolar disorder. “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,” she stated in her audio note.
She continued, “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. People with mental illnesses and their families need to feel safe from discrimination so that they can get their treatment and support and acceptance they need. There is no shame in having a mental illness. Should one feel ashamed of having cancer? Mental illness can be treated, it is often the shame of having such an illness that can drive people to suicide. Along with the absolute torment of being in the grip of an illness that affects the ways our minds and emotions work.”
Talking about the actor’s girlfriend Rhea, she stated that the actress was his biggest support. “Sushant was suffering terribly during his bouts of depression and hypomania. Rhea was his strongest support. From the first time I met them as a couple, I was impressed by the degree of concern, love and support she showed. It was very evident how close they were. Rhea took care of his appointments and gave him enough courage to attend, despite his being so fearful that someone would find out. When he was severely ill, he depended on her 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,” she concluded in her audio note.
A lot of suspicions are now surrounding this shocking disclosure. The late actor’s brother-in-law in fact lashed out at the therapist for public disclosure of a patient’s mental health.