Depression is an actual illness. As we are now more aware of it, there are still people who refuse to acknowledge the seriousness of depression and consider depressed patients as whiny or self-obsessed. Depression can happen to any of us, even children. It is curable, people with such medical conditions just simply need help. Yash Pandit, an artist from India, is going through the same thing himself. It has been tough, but he has been very strong, battling with himself every single day to get better. But apart from professional help, he also has his own ‘personal assistant’ to support him throughout the day: it’s Bagheera, his little adopted cat.
In the interview with Bored Panda, Yash shared he chose Bagheera because he had always wanted a dark-colored cat. But most importantly, there was an instant connection between them.
“There’s always this stupid superstition surrounding dark cats about them being bad luck, so not many people wanted him anyway. But mostly because out of all of the kittens there, he was the one I connected with, he was very calm. loving and always looking to cause some mischief. I fell in love with him the moment I saw him.”
Let’s have a look at Yash’s illustrations of how Bagheera helps him with his mental illnesses
Yash was diagnosed with multiple mental illnesses including Type 1 rapid-cycling bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety. He is now receiving professional medical help from his therapist and psychiatrist. “I have a strict regime of therapy and medications that I follow religiously to keep my disorder under my control.”
Having struggled with mental health disorders for quite some time now, Yash advised that it was super important to seek proper help. “A lot of people mistook this comic as my cat being the sole reason that I’m out of my depression, which is not true. I had to work hard, get therapy, take my medication on time. My cat helped me get out of my bed, have a workout routine, eat healthy when I feed him, wake up on time, etc. But I attribute my getting better largely to the strict regime of medication and therapy.”, he explained.
Even so, Bagheera still plays an incredibly important part in Yash’s improving progress. He is mischievous, smart, a very good listener, and he accepts Yash just the way he is. “He will convince you that he’s sweet and calm, and then pounce on you when you look away. He’s the most friendly cat I’ve ever seen, has no problem loving and greeting anyone new. He’s smart enough to pretend that he’s fallen asleep but also thinks his shadow is another cat and starts pouncing on it. He loves to watch Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with me, and won’t fall asleep until I put on Frank Ocean songs, in which case he will hug my phone and go to sleep. I love him with all my life.”
Some positive reactions to Yash’s comic