Deepika Padukone was one of the first actresses to openly talk about mental health and illness. She confessed about being clinically depressed when she was at the peak of her career. That requires guts. With the best films in her kitty making a big moolah at the box office, the actress revealed how and when she learnt about being clinically depressed after a tragic incident in her life. The Chhapaak actress who is in Switzerland currently for World Economic Forum in conversation with WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus candidly shared her experience.
As reported by Hindustan Times, the actress recalled an incident when she fainted in her home one morning despite having a perfect life and how her house help came to her rescue. It was supposedly because of the fluctuation in blood pressure and nothing more, but she stated that it was the first physical sign of being depressed. She was quoted saying, “Mental illness happened to me when I had least expected it. I was at a professional high, my movies were doing great and I was in an amazing relationship. Everything was going just perfect. One morning when I woke up and I felt all was well, I fainted. Luckily the house help came and saw me on the floor. I was taken to a doctor and I was told it was nothing and probably just some blood pressure fluctuation or something like physical tiredness. Those were the first physical signs. For a long time, I just felt like sleeping, not going out, not meeting people.” ALSO READ: Deepika Padukone Rejects Pradeep Sarkar’s Biopic On Binodini Dasi, Wants A Break From Emotionally Draining Films Post Chhapaak
The actress later also shared with her mother Ujjala Padukone advising her to seek professional help. Though in the initial phase, the actress and her family refrained from speaking about it out in open, Deepika's perspective changed over the period of time and saw it as an important issue to be spoken about. She was further quoted saying, “Luckily, my mother had come to my place and when my parents were packing, I just started crying. She asked me what was it and I had no answer. At that time, my mother told me that I probably needed professional help and that’s how I began consulting a psychiatrist.” ALSO READ: Fashion Face-Off: Deepika Padukone Or Sara Ali Khan – Who Rocked The Polka Dot Trend?
Hence, this led the actress to set the foundation, Live Love Laugh. “As I began on my path of recovery, I also understood the stigma attached with the mental health and the need to go public with it. Imagine what would have happened, if my mother had not said that I should a professional help for my problem. I felt that I should do something to help others with their signs and symptoms and that was the reason for going public with my illness and then setting up the Live Love Laugh foundation,” she added. ALSO READ: JNU Violence: Baba Ramdev Has A Suggestion For Deepika Padukone; Wants The Actress To Hire Him As ‘Advisor'
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