Deepika Padukone is at the top of her game at this point of time. The actress has a string of Rs 100 crore films to boast about and several awards that she won in last two years. Deepika Padukone is also suffering from depression and anxiety. While the news may shock many, the actress points out that depression has nothing to do with what people have and what they don’t…
Deepika Padukone knows that this will be the most common reaction to her being depressed: In an exclusive interview toHindustan Times she points out, “People often think ‘How can you be depressed? You have everything going for you. You are the supposed number one heroine and have a plush home, car, movies… What else do you want?’ ” The actress spoke candidly about how she has been depressed for a while now and how she is coping with it. Padukone revealed that she tried to deal with the problem for a long time by engaging herself in work, but stress and extreme long hours of work kept weighing down on her. It was only after she broke down in front of her mother, Ujjala Padukone, that the actress took professional help.
Padukone confesses that she consulted two psychologists during this phrase and also took medication. She also revealed that thanks to the treatment she feels much better now. The actress recalled that a friend’s suicide made her seek professional help. ¬”My personal experience as well as my friend’s death urged me to take up this issue, which isn’t usually talked about. ” said Padukone. The actress also revealed that she is working with her team to create an initiative to help people deal with depression and create awareness about it. n
Padukone Praised For Discussing Depression
In a country that has traditionally stigmatised the illness, mental health workers in India praised Bollywood star Deepika Padukone for speaking out about her battle with depression…
Padukone, one of India’s most popular film stars, said it had been “a struggle to wake up” during a period of suffering last year, which led her to seek help and eventually take medication. “There were days when I would feel okay, but at times, within a day, there was a roller-coaster of feelings. Finally, I accepted my condition,” she said in an interview with the Hindustan Times newspaper. The 29-year-old star of “Chennai Express” said she was now working on a plan to create awareness about depression and anxiety, which would soon be unveiled. Professor Vikram Patel, of the Public Health Foundation of India, said he was pleased Padukone had “shown the courage” to talk openly about her condition. “It’s extremely good news that someone who’s extremely popular in the public eye has come out and spoken about a health issue that’s traditionally stigmatised,” he told AFP. Mirjam Dijkxhoorn, at the Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health in the southern city of Chennai, said it was unusual for an Indian celebrity to speak out about such issues. “It’s very important,” she said, referring to World Health Organisation statistics that show one in four people will be affected by mental health issues at some point in their lives. She said people were “scared to talk about it” in India, fearing their illness could reflect on their families. India’s Government announced the country’s first mental health policy last year, which awaits approval in Parliament, and it pledged recently to decriminalise suicide. The huge nation has the highest number of suicides in the world. But Patel said implementation of the country’s existing district-level mental health programme was “extremely patchy” on the ground.
He hoped Padukone speaking out would not reinforce the widespread illusion in India that depression was a problem for rich people — “it’s commoner among the poor and dispossessed”, he said. Padukone said people struggled to understand her predicament when she was outwardly so successful. “It’s not about what you have or don’t have. People talk about physical fitness, but mental health is equally important,” she said. “I see people suffering, and their families feel a sense of shame about it, which doesn’t help.”
– Agence France-Presse (AFP)