Actress Deepika Padukone admitted that she was struggling with depression, this news swoop the media of the entertainment industry. The actress was praised for expressing about this personal subject in open at the recent event held on World Mental Health Day. Deepika speaks about this while teary eyed when telling about her personal experience of depressive sickness.
Following her public statement about battling depression, Deepika had launched her NGO, Live Love Laugh Foundation (TLLLF) along with the Indian Psychiatric Society and Indian Medical Association in order to increase public awareness about mental health.
At the platform of social occasion, star credited her mother, Ujjala Padukone for helping her during her tough times. Speaking to a daily, she said, “My mother immediately knew what I was going through. We reached out for help and thanks to my doctors, I’m fine today. The people I was surrounded by supported me in my recovery. Even when I chose to speak about it, they were encouraging. I wouldn’t want to say that because I’m a celebrity, that’s why other celebs have also come out. I view them as other human beings and if my story has empowered someone to share theirs, I’m happy,”
“There is no specific reason or cause as to why it creeps up on you. For some it could be environmental, for some it could be a traumatic past experience or simply just biological. It would be unfair to say that it is the result of the profession I am in. Why just the entertainment industry? Political, corporate, schools and colleges, there is stress everywhere. It just manifests in different ways. Today, I can say that I have become more aware. It has made me wiser. It has made me understand human beings. As a child, I have always been very perceptive and emotional and this has made me a little more sensitive to people around me. I value every breath of mine.”
“Two years back, my family had come to see me. They were about to leave and I was all alone in my bedroom, curled up. My mother walked in and asked if everything was okay, I said yes. She asked again if it was work or something else that was bothering me, I said no. She asked me so many times that I felt myself choking and I broke into tears,” Padukone said through tears.
“I want to tell my mother that if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be here. Thank you for being with me all through the way. Thank you to my sister, my father, and friends who supported my immensely,” she added.
“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,” she said.