Famous Bollywood celebrities who were brave enough to tell the World about Their Mental Illnesses
In India, opening up about mental illness is something that is not considered worthy of attention. However, many celebrities have recovered from this and again, spoken about their journey of battling Stress and Depression.
Have a glance over the top Indian celebrities who battled from mental disorders and came out like Rock stars:
- Manisha Koirala
One of the most established actresses of Bollywood; Manisha Koirala suffered from clinical depression, the cause of which was her ex-husband Samrat Dahlal. Not only she battled clinical depression but she is also a cancer survivor. This is what one of her Facebook statuses said when she was going through that bad phase.
“How slowly, shadows of my past friendships are becoming distant dream… did I have bunch of friends with whom there were promises of lifetime? Disappointed, yes I’m…but then life fills you with new hope, new friends…hoping this time around it would be rooted in deep values rather than just crazy, fun times!!”
- Deepika Padukone
The Diva of Bollywood Deepika Padukone opened about herself is suffering from depression in a TV interview and took a step ahead to establish a center for mental health to help people going through the same phase.
I thought it was stress, so I tried to distract myself by focusing on work, and surrounding myself with people, which helped for a while. But the nagging feeling didn’t go away. My breath was shallow, I suffered from lack of concentration and I broke down often.
- Anushka Sharma
This is what Anushka Sharma said in response to the quote related to depression she had put on Twitter:
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 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 this.
- Varun Dhawan
Not many of us know but actor Varun Dhawan revealed that he was battling depression while shooting the movie, Badlapur.
I was depressed. I was not clinically declared depressed but I was heading there. I was very sad to a certain degree. I don’t want to use the term ‘depression’ loosely because it’s a serious illness. It definitely affected my mental health. I was prescribed and did see a doctor for it as well.
- Randeep Hooda
Method actor Randeep Hooda revealed about being depressed during the shoot of Imtiaz Ali’s, Highway and his upcoming movie, Sarbjit. For Sarbjit, he shed around 18 kg in 28 days.
There was a big hangover after ‘Sarbjit’ because of the involvement that was required in the film. It all lingers on. It has happened before as well. After ‘Highway’, I was depressed for a long time. I had to tell myself that I am not a petty taxi driver and that is not my life. Nobody loves me the way other characters loved mine in the film. You have to go through such things at times.
- Ileana D’Cruz
In an interview with Miss Malini, actress Ileana D’Cruz talked about her struggle with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, anxiety, and depression and how constant help and support from family and friends help her during tough times.
Anxiety, Depression & Stress Open up and encourage others to do the same about mental illness. It’s not a sign of weakness.
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