Deepika Padukone on depression: Can’t say I’m completely over it

Actor Deepika Padukone on Thursday said her fight with depression in the past has actually been “such a bad experience” that she constantly brings a fear of regression. The 31-year-old actor was communicating on the preconception surrounding mental disorder at India Economic Top. “I don’t think I can say that I’m completely over it (depression). There is always a fear at the back of my mind that I may have a relapse because it has been such a disappointment for me,” Padukone said at the India Economic Top.

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asked whether opening up about anxiety had cost her motion picture functions, Deepika stated she was uncertain but there might have been some producers who did not approach her

“Possibly there are individuals who haven’t offered me films due to the fact that they think I was depressed and I can’t act. Maybe, I do not know. I remain in an excellent space because I can choose the motion pictures that I wish to act in, but I don’t think everybody has that luxury of where they wish to work or when they want to work,” she said

Batting for the intro of mental health as a part of the curriculum in schools throughout the nation, she stated the concept will help get rid of the stigma connected to it

“A big part of the stigma originates from that we (simply) discuss athletics in schools. I had athletics in my school, but we didn’t have anything to speak about mental health. It’s not a part of the curriculum

“If we consisted of that in the curriculum and presented the idea or the significance of psychological health at school level, there will be no preconception,” the actor stated

Deepika, who is also the founder of ‘The Live Love Laugh’ foundation, stated policymakers and people at offices have to recognise and normalise depression so that those experiencing such mental disorders could come out and confide without the fear of losing their jobs

Elaborating upon her choice of going public with her fight with depression, Deepika said, “I didn’t consider the effects. The concept actually was to change the way people in India and the world see mental disorder”.


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