Deepika Opens Up About Depression

India currently has the highest suicide rate in the world.

“In the eyes of the public, Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone has spent the last two years at the top of her career. She starred in two of the highest-grossing #Indian films of all time, picked up numerous awards for her work and embarked on her first-ever world tour. 

But Padukone revealed on Thursday that despite all of her success, internally she has found herself battling depression and anxiety. In a piece narrated to Hindustan Times, the actress opened up about struggling to get out of bed, seeking help and the urgency of addressing mental health in India. “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,” Padukone said. “My breath was shallow, I suffered from a lack of concentration and I broke down often.”” – Huffington Post.

I posted the above on my Instagram and had an interesting comment from someone who said: “Nihal from the BBC Asian Network spoke about this on his phone-in show yesterday morning. Some very interesting callers spoke about the issue. “You have all the fame, money, fast cars, looks, men/women chasing you. How can you be depressed”.

This was my response:

Comments like that is why I can’t sit on stuff like this. It’s such idiocy, as if material things define whether someone is happy or not? It’s so much deeper than that, so much else could be happening in their lives that the media/public don’t know. Just because you’re successful, that doesn’t automatically mean everything’s perfect. Artistic people, that love their passion, are rarely concerned about anything material. In fact, they’re quite often in a state of unrest for so many reasons – their passion can be what makes and breaks them, relationships, unwanted media speculation.. the list can be endless, with every individual having different reasons behind it. Unless you actually know the person, how can you judge them about being depressed? Unless you’ve personal experience of depression how can you assume it’s wrong for others to feel a certain way? Are famous people not entitled to feel sadness?

That kind of stance and belief is exactly why there’s such a massive misconception of depression, and that is exactly what needs to change. People – not all, but a large majority – need better understanding and education of mental health.”