How can she be depressed? She has everything! One would die to be in her shoes. Don’t judge unless you’ve walked a mile in those shoes. Deepika Padukone opened up about her suffering from anxiety and depression, and while many must have brushed it off as sadness or work stress, we are glad she took up the issue seriously and bravely.

In words of Padukone, “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. My breath was shallow, I suffered from lack of concentration and I broke down often.”

Deepika seeked professional help and along with some counseling and medication, she is in a much better state. This confession has touched our hearts and given us some important lessons. Here’s what we learnt from this episode.

1) Don’t let depression take over you. Fight right back!

While the world was celebrating Deepika as one of the most successful actresses, she was struggling each day to wake up and shoot for Happy New Year. And didn’t she do a great job? This inspires us to stay strong and fight back. Depression is an illness but we can’t let it over power ourselves.

2) Talk to your family/friend/partner

We might be struggling with clinical depression for weeks but brushing it off as temporary sadness. When you are sad, you know the exact reason for it. But a person suffering from depression might feel confused about the reasons, and it is a recurrent, prolonged feeling. Talking to a reliable, loved one would help you to seek help.

3) Seek Help

If you feel you have depression and anxiety, don’t hesitate to take professional help. Mental health is as important as physical and emotional. Deepika Padukone, decided to take an initiative to create awareness and encourage people to take medical help, “when I returned to Mumbai, I heard about a friend committing suicide due to anxiety and depression. It was a huge blow.”

4) “‘Don’t worry, it will all be alright,’ might be detrimental”

When a person you know is under depression, sometimes all they want is for you to listen. They don’t need your advice. They need to know what they are feeling is okay and they are not crazy. Don’t tell them “No, it’s nothing like that!” or “You shouldn’t be depressed.” Don’t be in denial. Just let them know you will be there for them, in this phase too.

If you feel you or a loved one is suffering from depression, seek help. In today’s competitive and fast paced lives, it can be one of the most widespread illnesses in a few years, as stated by World Health Organisation.
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