#MentalHealth: I resisted taking depression meds – Deepika Padukone

#LiveLoveLaugh: Bollywood star Deepika Padukone was so worried she’d become addicted to medication she was prescribed for depression, she carried it around with her for two weeks.

The actress, who went public with her battle with the psychiatric illness in 2015, admits taking steps to treat her mental health issues felt like a life or death struggle at first.

Through the foundation, Live Love Laugh, she spreads awareness about mental health issues. Attending an event, organised by the foundation, Deepika along with her family was clicked in Delhi today.

Sharmila Tagore was also seen attending the event. The chief guest for the meet was Padma Shri Dr. Siddharth Mukherjee, who along with Deepika addressed the common issues and methods one can take to overcome depression.

In an interview with PorterEdit, Padukone said, “I wasted a couple of weeks carrying the medication around with me because I was afraid of everything I had heard, that it has side effects, that you get addicted finally, it gets to the point where you either take the medication or there is no point surviving.”

Deepika, 33, now feels it is important to use her platform to help other people who may be struggling with depression.

“I feel like a lot of actors are just content with what they do for themselves,” the xXx: Return of Xander Cage star explains. “I’m not that person. I feel like if I am in a certain place today, I would like to use that.

“It makes me angry sometimes to see extremely influential and talented people, who don’t really try to do anything beyond what they want to do. That’s a personal choice, but it makes me sad.”

See photos from the event


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