"I felt a strange emptiness in my stomach. 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," shares the talented Deepika Padukone.
All I am trying to tell here is it's okay to feel depressed some days, to be anxious enough to give you chills to suicide. What is important is how you deal with it. Some days we just feel to give up, but it's furthermore necessary to look at the other side.
Here are some of our favourite celebrities who have been through a phase of mental illness phase in their lives and still managed to come out winning. I believe reading their stories will motivate people are around.
Director Karan Johar shared moments of his life when he was depressed. While speaking to Indian Express, he said, "When I went through that phase, I thought I am getting a cardiac arrest. I felt it in middle of a meeting, and then I rushed to the doctor." He added, "I am having an anxiety attack. Then I realised that I had some internal issues to deal with, which got built up to such a point that it resulted in anxiety."
Today, he is a proud single parent of two beautiful babies.
Sharing incidents from 2015, Deepika said, "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. "
Now she is an enthusiastic supporter of mental health issues and her foundation 'The Live, Love, Laugh Foundation' is working hard in reducing the stigma related to mental illness.
In January 2015, Anushka Sharma explicitly spoke in an interview about anxiety and depression. "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?"
Ileana D'Cruz in an interview said, "I think it's important for everybody to get themselves checked – mental health is something that's very important. Anxiety has been a big problem for me, but I think my biggest struggle has been depression. For me, my depression doesn't revolve around my work; it revolves around me personally."
But the Rustom girl knows how to keep herself happy.
In 2010 after his shoulder surgery, Shah Rukh Khan revealed how he suffered from depression and the fact he escaped, from all of it. "I feel so much healthy and refreshed from within - due to the injury and the suffering I had got into depression mode but now I am out of it. I feel happy and boosted with energy."
After the movie A Flying Jatt got a bit off-track at the box office, Tiger Shroff went into depression. He said "When the numbers for A Flying Jatt came in, I thought, 'I put in so much work, why didn't they like it?' A month of hard-core depression. A lot of emotional eating. When I started shooting for Munna Michael, I was still in that mindset. I didn't have any drive. But after I finished my first schedule, I thought, 'I can't wait for people to see this now."
There came a time in between when we all missed Yo Yo's peppy sings for a while. After a long break, Honey Singh revealed that he had been suffering from bipolar disorder. "It was scary. 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 stepping 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," the rapper shared with his fans.
In his blockbuster 'Badlapur', Varun portrayed the role of a psycho and depressed husband and father. What most of the people don't know is while he was preparing for his role of Raghu in the movie, Varun actually felt like he went into a shell. "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."
The actor 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."
Among all the right reasons Mr Perfectionist is known for, Aamir Khan's television talk show Satyamev Jayate tops the list. What most of the people don't know is the Dangal actor, and his team of Satyamev Jayate underwent group therapy after the show was over as the entire team suffered a mental disorder termed as Post- Traumatic Disorder.
It's quite evident as the team encountered many shocking revelations uncovered on the show. According to India.com, Aamir said that it was challenging for the team to overcome the traumatic experience of showcasing such issues and meeting people who had undergone various atrocities.
Do you remember Pooja from Sony TV's famous serial Ye Meri Life Hai? Yes, I am talking about Pooja aka Shama.
Shama Sikander reveals how she felt hopeless, directionless and extremely clouded during the time.
"For one year, I did not even know what was happening to me so, I had no idea and I just used to feel very dark, gloomy and sad. I did not know what was the reason behind this, but I felt directionless. I felt hopeless and I hope that never happens to anybody because hope is what we survive on and if we don't have hope, we have nothing. The feeling was so dark that I would wake up at night and start crying without knowing why I am crying. Only someone who has gone through it can understand and how I feel it is." stated the actor according to Free Press Journal.
While going through tough times in the past, Manisha Koirala posted a Facebook status saying, "How slowly, shadows of my past friendships are becoming distant dream… did I have a bunch of friends with whom there were promises of a lifetime? Disappointed, yes I m…but then life fills you with new hope, new friends…hoping this time round it would be rooted in deep values rather than just crazy, fun times."
One of the most successful stars from 1959 to 1973 who has worked with all of the famous artists of her time, Asha Parekh, once said, "It was a very bad phase for me. I lost my parents. I was totally alone, and I had to manage everything all alone. It did put me in depression. I was feeling miserable and had these (suicidal) thoughts. Then, I got out of it. It is a struggle, I had to take the advice of the doctors to get out of it. It is lonesome. On the top, you are always lonely. I was very lucky I had lovely parents with me. My mother was the backbone of my career, my life. So after losing her, I got into depression. It's a huge relief that the phase is over."
Talking about his distress, Suresh Raina, Indian professional cricketer revealed an instance with Deccan Chronicle about the time when he was travelling on a train at the age of 13 and felt something heavy on his shoulders. He then realised his hands were tied and there was a kid on his chest, who was peeing on his face. Raina pushed the boy off the train to get rid of him.
In another incident, Raina revealed hockey sticks hit him, and one of his mates was beaten so severely that he went into a coma-like state. The terrible stories made Raina quit the hostel after a year but responded after two months after his brother convinced him.
According to TOI, actor Manoj Bajpayee once shared, "The toughest was when I did not get selected for NSD. I had nursed that dream ever since I was in class seven. I was devastated. I have never come as close to committing suicide as I did then. My friends were scared, and five of them used to sleep next to me and would never leave me alone."
At times, the patient simply wants to talk and isn't seeking advice.
Let's just try and help people get out of this phase. And if you honestly want to help, all you need to do is, LISTEN. Yes.
And if you're going through depression, don't feel anxious to speak about it. TALK. Talk with someone close to you, tell them how you feel. I know you may feel like you have fallen into a bottomless, dark pit with no light in sight. But trust me, your friends, your family, your co-workers, they all care about you.
That's all for now, readers. I hope you liked the story.
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