My mental illness has taught me a lot, says Deepika
Newly-crowned the World's Most Gorgeous Woman, Padmaavat actress Deepika Padukone is admired by all in tinsel town. Her colleagues have always hailed her for opening up about her struggle with depression. Recently, the 33-year-old marked her presence at a fundraising event for the Youth Anxiety Center in New York, where she spoke candidly about that battle of hers. Here is what she said.
In her address, Deepika said that depression can affect anybody regardless of the age and profession. "The toughest part for me were the months when I didn't know it was happening. The day I understood there was a name to it, it was called clinical depression, I already started feeling much better," she said. In this context, she also shared a post on Instagram.
Her Instagram post, which also had two pictures of hers, talks about what mental illness has taught her. "Mental illness has presented society with a very tough challenge...But my experience with the illness has taught me so much; to be patient for one...but most importantly that there is 'Hope'! @tlllfoundation #youthanxietycentre," she wrote. It was in 2014 when she first learned about her problem.
Apart from research and outreach programmes,The Youth Anxiety Center has conducted more than 75,000 treatment sessions in six years...something to be very proud of! Thank You #AnnaWintour for inviting me as your guest to this very special evening and allowing me to share my story. I wish you all the very best and look forward to supporting the centres future initiatives. As the African proverb goes, “If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far, go together”. @tlllfoundation #youthanxietycentre @voguemagazine
In a 2017 interview, Deepika opened up about the lowest points in her life, which was her break-up with actor Ranbir Kapoor. She has always maintained that it was a devastating phase of her life. "The break-up made me realize I should not be attached to one thing or a person after the break-up," she said in the interview. Eventually, she overcame the pain.
On the work front, Deepika wrapped up shooting for Chhapaak, a movie based on acid-attack survivor, Laxmi Agarwal. She is also gearing up for sports film, 83, which will recreate the iconic win of India in 1983 World Cup, co-starring her husband Ranveer Singh.