Deepika Padukone shares her experience on battling clinical depression
KARACHI: Deepika Padukone is one of the most loved actresses in Bollywood. The Piku actor has a commendable career trajectory with several critically acclaimed roles to her credit. She has come really far in her Bollywood journey and is considered amongst the top actresses in the industry.
Despite the success, it hasn’t been all easy for the superstar. The actress suffered from clinical depression in the past that she has spoken about in several interviews. To help others, Deepika opened up about her battle with depression in a blog post for New York Times. She said, “I started experiencing symptoms in 2014. It was mid-February, and I had fainted after a long day of work. The next morning, I woke up with an empty feeling in my stomach and the urge to cry.”
Deepika went on to explain that she was at the peak of her career, had a supportive family and a loving boyfriend in Ranveer Singh but she still felt sad. “On paper, that should have been a great period in my life — I had just starred in four of my most memorable movies, my family was extremely supportive and I was dating the man who would later become my husband. I had no reason to feel the way I did. But I did,” she explained.
Deepika further revealed she didn’t want to deal with reality and getting out of bed felt like a big deal. “I was exhausted and sad all the time. If someone played a happy song to cheer me up, it only made me feel worse. Waking up every day felt like a huge endeavour,” she said.
The Padmavat actor said she had a tough time putting up a brave face when her parents were visiting her in Mumbai during this phase. The actress while seeing off her parents after their visit broke down into tears and her mom enquired if everything was okay in her personal and professional life. She confessed, “For the duration of their stay I put on a brave face. But as they packed their bags before heading to the airport, I broke down in tears. My mother looked at me and asked, ‘What’s wrong?’ But I had no answer. She asked me if I was having issues at work. She asked if my partner and I were doing O.K. All I could do was shake my head. After taking a moment to herself, she said, ‘Deepika, I think you need professional help.’”
Deepika started a mental health foundation called ‘The Live Love Laugh Foundation’ which works towards spreading awareness and reduce the stigma around mental health.