The sad story of Bollywood and depression

We all know how bad depression can be but we still talk about it in hushed tones. People are afraid to open up about depression to other people in case they get judged. This is a major case why mental disorder and depression never gets the attention they deserve. But over the past few years, Bollywood celebrities have opened up about the period where they were battling their inner demons. Yes, they have spoken in public about how they suffered from depression and it affected their life. Here are a few celebrities that talked about depression.

Deepika Padukone

 

The sad story of Bollywood and depression

 

 One of the first actresses to have spoken about depression, Deepika recalled her experience “I did not want to be in the situation I was. I wanted to come out of it desperately. As they say that every solution is within your own self, I found the strength within me and also the people I had around who made me believe that I can rely on them.”  Today she supports mental health issues by trying to reduce the social stigma associated with them and also through her foundation “The Live, Love, Laugh Foundation” which aims to create awareness about mental health issues in India and help those suffering from depression.

Manisha Koirala

 

The sad story of Bollywood and depression

 

The beauty from Nepal suffered from clinical depression due to her ex-husband Samrat Dahlal. Her facebook post from that dark period reminds us how about depression can be. She wrote “How slowly, shadows of my past friendships are becoming distant dream… did I have bunch of friends with whom there were promises of life time? Disappointed, yes I am but then life fills you with new hope, new friends…hoping this time round it would be rooted in deep values rather than just crazy, fun times.”

Anushka Sharma

 

The sad story of Bollywood and depression

 

Anushka actually opened up about the anxiety disorder when she was getting treated for it. She shared this through her twitter handle, which read “I have anxiety. And I’m treating my anxiety. I’m on medication for my anxiety. Why am I saying this? Because, it’s a completely normal thing. It’s a biological problem. In my family there have been cases of depression. More and more people should talk openly about it. There is nothing shameful about it or something to hide. If you had a constant stomach pain, wouldn’t you go to the doctor? It’s that simple. I want to make this my mission, to take any shame out of this, to educate people about it”

Honey Singh

 

The sad story of Bollywood and depression

 

Remember when Honey Singh just disappeared. He wasn’t seen anywhere and rumors said that he was in a rehab. Well, it turns out Honey Singh suffers from Bi-polar disorder. After battling it for over a year he shared this with his fans “It was scary. One year had passed and I wasn’t responding to medicines, until a fourth doctor from Delhi treated me. At one point, I thought I would live in this darkness forever. I had cut myself off from everyone. I didn’t come out of my room; forget stepping out of the house. I had a beard and I didn’t get a haircut for months. For someone who has performed in front of a crowd of 20,000, I was scared of facing 4-5 people. That’s what bipolar disorder does to you.”

Karan Johar

 

The sad story of Bollywood and depression

 

Karan Johar opened about suffering from depression in an interview with Barkha Dutt, he said “I have read people speaking openly about their depression. There was a phase in my life, when I was really depressed. When I went through that phase, I thought I am getting a cardiac arrest. I felt it in middle of a meeting two and half years ago, after which I left the meeting in between saying I have something urgent to do and rushed to the doctor. He then said I am having an anxiety attack. I went to a psychologist post that. Then I realized that I had some internal issues to deal with, which got built up to such point that it resulted into anxiety. “I stopped feeling excitement and happiness.”

                                                                                                                     

 

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