“There were days when I would feel okay, but at times, within a day, there was a rollercoaster of feelings. Finally, I accepted my condition.” – Deepika Padukone
Talking about it cannot cure depression, but it’s where we have to start. Not many have what it takes to discuss their illness with their close ones let alone make it public. That’s why anyone who breaks the silence around this makes it a little closer to recovery. And when the leading lady of Bollywood comes out in the open about her illness, the message is amplified.
During the filming of Happy New Year, Deepika Padukone reached her pitfall. She started fainting due to exhaustion, felt a strange emptiness in her stomach and broke down often. She realized her symptoms pointed towards depression and an early intervention helped her overcome it.
Talking about statistics, 350 million people in the world suffer from depression. That’s 5% of the entire population. And India is among the most depressed countries in the world.
“Accepting it and speaking about it has liberated me.” – Deepika Padukone
Here are a few things we learnt from Deepika about depression.
- Depression can happen to anyone. You don’t need to be ashamed of it.
- Depression is not the same as sadness. Sadness is a part of human existence and is completely normal.
- Accepting your condition is the first step towards your recovery.
- Depression is just another ailment. It is not a weakness.
- Don’t hesitate to seek help.
- Talk to a professional instead of a loved one because the latter might end up worrying a little too much about you.
Various other Bollywood actors have also suffered and combated depression. Yo Yo Honey Singh, Shah Rukh Khan, Manisha Koirala and many others are standing tall as examples for those going through this rough phase.
Deepika Padukone has not only defied depression, she is also creating awareness about it and helping as many as she can. She has recently founded The Live, Love, Laugh Foundation – a common platform where everyone can get comprehensive knowledge, connect with professionals, and find comfort that they’re not alone.
We believe that it was immensely brave of Deepika to publicly talk about her illness, create awareness about it and help others in a way this strong.