5 Bollywood Stars Who Suffered From Anxiety and Depression

From Shah Rukh Khan to Anushka Sharma; B-town stars who bravely spoke about their battle!
5 Bollywood Stars Who Suffered From Anxiety and Depression

It's not easy dealing with anxiety attacks. And, it's harder to tell the whole world about it. Here are some Bollywood actors who have handled depression at some point of their lives and have lived to tell the tale. We are sure that there were some people you knew about in the list, but here are some people you never knew about. Read on...

1. Karan Johar

In an interview with Barkha Dutt, the filmmaker revealed how he fought clinical depression. Johar said, “I have read people speaking openly about their depression. There was a phase in my life, when I was really depressed. When I went through that phase, I thought I am getting a cardiac arrest. I felt it in middle of a meeting two and half years ago, after which I left the meeting in between saying I have something urgent to do and rushed to the doctor. He then said I am having an anxiety attack. I went to a psychologist post that. Then I realised that I had some internal issues to deal with, which got built up to such point that it resulted into anxiety.”

Karan Johar said in a blog later that his depression is under control after extensive therapy.

2. Ileana D’Cruz

Ileana accepted that anxiety attacks had become a part of her life till she went to a doctor and diagnosed with it. “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. What’s weird is that I’m not insecure about work, so when people ask me ‘are you competitive?’ I say no. If someone’s better than me, they’re going to do better, it’s as simple as that. If I’m good, I’ll get successful to a certain extent. I believe you’ll get to where you deserve.”

3. Tiger Shroff

After his movie A Flying Jatt bombed at the box office, Tiger Shroff used to have frequent anxiety attacks. The actor couldn’t deal with his first flop.

Shroff said, “I started on a high with Baaghi (2016). I was over the moon when it opened on 12 crore and did 15 crore on a Sunday. For a newcomer and for a second film, that’s pretty good. And then kept going up. But 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 mind-set. I didn’t have any drive.”

4. Shah Rukh Khan

In 2010 post his shoulder surgery, Shah Rukh Khan revealed that he was suffering from anxiety.

He had said, “I feel so much healthy and refreshed from within — due to the injury and the suffering I had got into a depression and anxiety mode but now I am out of it. I feel happy and boosted with energy.”

5. Anushka Sharma

In January 2015, Anushka Sharma in an interview spoke openly about anxiety.

The actress said, “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 a constant stomach pain, wouldn’t you go to the doctor? It’s that simple. I want to make this my mission, to take any shame out of this, to educate people about this.”

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