We have always seen Deepika Padukone energetic and ready to brave any situation come what may. But did you know that this celebratory actress suffered from anxiety and depression once?
In news story published by Hindustan Times, Deepika talks about her hard times and how she coped up with her mental depression.
The year 2014 had been a great year for this actress. But one day, Deepika suddenly woke up to feel different. “While I was being appreciated for my work, one morning, I woke up feeling different. A day earlier, I had fainted due to exhaustion; it was all downhill from there. I felt a strange emptiness in my stomach,” Deepika told the publication.
For once she ignored the issue thinking it to be stress and focused on her work. But the nagging feeling and shallow breath didn’t leave her aside. Due to lack of concentration she often broke down.
She finally sought help from her mother, Ujjala Padukone and it was she who got in touch with a psychologist friend Anna Chandy. Deepika confided in her when Anna flew down from Bengaluru to Mumbai to meet her. At that time, Deepika was shooting for ‘Happy New Year’s climax sequence.
The entire period, Deepika suffered from anxiety and depression, concluded Anna. But Deepika didn’t believe. When medication was offered, Deepika chose to take a second opinion and met another psychologist, Dr. Shyam Bhatt. Deepika told the daily, “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. The counselling helped, but only to an extent. Then, I took medication, and today I am much better.”
Deepika took two-month long break to cope up with this depression and before shooting with Shoojit Sircar for his next film. But soon another blow came when she heard the news of close friend of her committing suicide due to depression.
With this personal experience of hers, Deepika spoke about this issue in open. She said, “There is shame and stigma attached to talking about depression. In fact, one in every four people suffers from anxiety and depression.”
In fact, one in every four people suffers from anxiety and depression. The World Health Organisation has stated that this will be the most widespread epidemic in the next few years. We talk about all kinds of aliments, but this is probably one of the deadliest mental disorders. Nothing, including life, makes sense to people suffering from it. Overcoming it has made me a stronger person and I now value my life much more. Accepting it and speaking about it has liberated me. I have stopped taking medication, and I hope my example will help people reach out for help.”
Deepika feels talking about depression makes a huge difference in overcoming this situation. “I feel that at times, the patient just wants to talk, and isn’t seeking advice. But, well-wishers saying things like, ‘Don’t worry, it will all be alright,’ might be detrimental. Being sad and being depressed are two different things. Also, people going through depression don’t look so, while someone sad will look sad. The most common reaction is, ‘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?’ It’s not about what you have or don’t have. People talk about physical fitness, but mental health is equally important. I see people suffering, and their families feel a sense of shame about it, which doesn’t help. One needs support and understanding,” she said.
Currently she is working on an initiative to create awareness about anxiety and depression, and help people. And once the plan formulates, the campaign would soon be unveiled.
Kudos to Deepika!