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As per a study conducted by World Health Organisation (WHO), 36% percent of Indians have suffered major depression.
With a gradual rise in depression rates, it has become a major health challenge faced by the society. Despite having the highest rates of depression in the world, India still considers mental illness as a taboo and this unnecessary silence over this crucial issue is responsible for its rapid increase amongst the people of the society.
This trap of depression seems to be more dangerous when we get to hear that even Bollywood celebrities who lead a lavish life and are so loved and followed by the audience, were also entrapped by it in their life.
When we watch them on big screens, we get inspired by each and every role they play in their reel life. Now step up and get inspired by the roles they played to fight back with the evils of their life. Take a look!
She is one of those queens of Bollywood, who covered a long path from being a model to a mega star. In the year 2014, Deepika was caught by the anxiety and depression and talk openly to media, about her worsening mental state during that time. She decided not to give up on the situation and fight it to get rid of it.
Deepika during an interview with HT confessed, "In early 2014, while I was being appreciated for my work, one morning, I woke up feeling different. A day earlier, I had fainted due to exhaustion; it was all downhill from there. I felt a strange emptiness in my stomach. There were days when I would feel okay, but at times, within a day, there was a roller-coaster of feelings. Finally, I accepted my condition. The counselling helped, but only to an extent. Then, I took medication, and today I am much better."
Anushka's fans were highly worried to come across a tweet by Anushka Sharma. The tweet read, "Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailor.'' This created a great buzz which followed Anushka's confession.
Anushka said, "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."
This King of rap has already carried away many hearts. If tuned into his composition, one can't stop himself from grooving, and you can't get enough of his 'jhakaas' rap. Known for being extrovert, Honey Singh was once lost in the darkness and engulfed himself in a shell.
Honey Singh openly shared about the bipolar disorder he suffered, "It was scary. One year had passed, and I wasn't responding to medicines until the 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 to step 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."
In his blockbuster flick 'Badlapur', Varun lived the role of Pschyco and depressed husband and father. While preparing for his role of Raghu in the movie, Varun actually felt like he went into a shell. He was so involved in the reel life role that it started acquiring his mind in real life. And Varun actually started feeling depressed.
"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."
He also made a point by saying, "celebrities and movie stars are normal human beings too, and are not immune to mental illnesses like depression and anxiety."
This was actually a shocking revelation by Aamir Khan.
He stated that, "The day when he gave the last shot for his chat show Satyamev Jayate. He and his entire team suffered a mental disorder termed as Post- Traumatic Disorder. And had to go under medication for a certain period of time. Unwrapping hidden painful truths of society was not an easy task and meeting such people who have been through a dreadful phase of life was heart-wrenching. It was difficult to accept the fact that our society is still a slave of evils like child abuse, female foeticide and much more."
Dharmendra Singh Deol, the legendary actor and our favourite of all time, was a victim of depression.
He spent 15 long years of his life under the dominance of severe depression. And when depression took the complete hold of his mental state, Dharmendra Ji was forced to embrace alcoholism. Due to which it became difficult for him to get rid of it. He tried and tried harder to succeed and eventually came out of it to lead a healthy life.
So friends, let's buck up and gather the courage to speak out and give a tough fight to these evils called Anxiety and Depression.