There is one thing about mental health conditions, they do not discriminate. It does not matter how affluent, famous and well-off you are, your social status does not safeguard you from falling prey to the clutches of mind-numbing pain of depression.
Depression is still a taboo
We live in a country where depression is still considered a fancy term for feeling a little down and out. While we as a country and society have definitely come a long way from the time when mental health conditions were considered equivalent to being crazy, there is no shred of doubt that we still have to cover miles in terms of normalising the same.
These celebs were brave enough to stand up!
We are listing down 7 Indian celebrities who not only battled depression but were also brave enough to share their battle scars aka their most vulnerable moments with the public.
This reigning Bollywood beauty is one of the torchbearers of ending the stigma against depression.
Back in 2015, Padukone was lauded for having an honest conversation with the media about her fight with depression. The Padmaavat actress was really candid about her struggles and the counselling she took to battle the ‘D’ lettered demon.
The Bollywood star is one of the pathbreakers from her fraternity, who has turned her very private and painful fight with depression into an opportunity to remove the stigma attached to depression and anxiety.
The gorgeous actress took to Twitter and talked about the need to normalise anxiety and other mental health conditions. The Zero actress shared a quote titled Depression, which said, “Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer.” She also spoke at length about how she wants to completely erase the shame related to anxiety and depression.
The suave actor had revealed how he was really depressed while playing a psycho in the movie ‘Badlapur.’ However, the actor won all our hearts when he said that he did not want to throw around the term ‘depression’ loosely, even though he had gone into a shell of his own during the filming of the movie. He mind was constantly dragging him into a negative zone.
Shah Rukh Khan
Yes, even the King Khan of Bollywood had to fight this dreaded mental health condition when he was already in a tremendous amount of pain due to his shoulder surgery in 2010. The 53-year-old superstar was quoted as saying, “Due to the shoulder injury, and the suffering, I had got into a depression mode, but now I am out of it. I feel happy and boosted with energy.”
Bollywood and Tollywood actress has always been very open about her constant struggle with Body Dysmorphic Disorder and depression. She was also brave enough to talk about how BDD made her feel suicidal, at one point in time. The Rustom actress wanted to raise awareness about the fact that mental illnesses need help and treatment, just like any other health condition.
The 46-year-old movie maker went through a year and half of struggle with depression and anxiety. The film director also shared in a telly interview how he had to take anti-anxiety medications for a while. The ‘Koffee with Karan’ host also emphasised on the importance of undergoing sessions and therapies, which ultimately made a huge difference in his recovery.
Bollywood actress Alia Bhatt’s sister, Shaheen Bhatt gave even her own family a huge shock when she penned down a heart touching post on Instagram about depression. She spoke at length about how she had lived with depression on and off since the age of 13.
She shared, “One minute everything’s fine and the next it’s like someone turned the light off inside my head. I go quiet and it’s difficult to get out of bed. Like it always does the world around me loses focus and I struggle to make sense of it. Sometimes these bouts last an hour – sometimes they last days….”
If you feel like you are depressed and need to speak to someone, there is help a phone-call away. Speak to SADAG today, contact a counsellor between 8am-8pm Monday to Sunday, call: 011 234 4837.
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