Mental health had been a taboo topic for quite some time. However, increased awareness about the subject led to celebrities around the globe coming forward with their struggles with depression. While most of them have taken to social media to spread knowledge on the much-needed topic of discussion, some like Deepika Padukone have gone to the extent of setting up a foundation Live Laugh Love to help those in need of mental help. Parineeti Chopra was the latest celebrity to speak about her struggle this week. She said, “The end of 2014 and all of 2015 was truly the worst time in my life. In that one and a half year, two of my films, Daawat-e-Ishq and Kill Dil, did not work. That was my first setback. She continued, “I didn’t sleep or eat for days. I cut off from everyone.” Here is a list of the other B-town celebs who have had the courage to spill the beans on their fight with depression.
1. Neha Kakkar
Singer Neha Kakkar has been vocal about her struggles with depression on many social media platforms. A year ago, the 31-year-old star came clean with her mental condition, serving as an inspiration for many others to follow suit. She said, "Yes I am in depression. Thanks to all the negative people in the world. You are successful in giving me the worst days of my life. Congratulations, you're successful." She then clarified that her statements were not for anyone in particular but they were addressed to all her haters. "Let me make it clear, it's not because of one person or two, it's because of the world that is not letting me live my personal life. I'm thankful to everyone who love my work or me but people who talk rubbish about me without even knowing how I am or what I am going through giving me a hard time. I beg you, please let me live happily.” She also requested people to not intervene in her personal life, adding, "I beg you, please don't be judgmental. I beg you, please let me live.
2. Ileana D' Cruz
While she may be stronger on the inside today, the starlet suffered a fair share of mental health problems. So much so, that there was a time when she wanted to take her life. "There was a period when I had gone from happy to being completely depressed and not knowing what it was. The most comforting thought for me was what if I end things now! And I thankfully realised that this is not right. I never thought I'd be somebody dealing with anxiety or depression," she said.
3. Honey Singh
Singer-music composer Yo Yo Honey Singh has been a victim of bipolar disorder and depression. Talking to Times of India earlier, the artist said, "I was suffering from bipolar disorder. It went on for 18 months, during which I changed four doctors, the medication wasn't working on me and crazy things were happening. It wasn’t normal.” However, he came out of it and is much better today!
4. Deepika Padukone
She shook the world when she got candid about her struggles with depression in 2015. Deepika went through the darkest phase in her life and waking up every morning felt impossible to her. She said, "There were days when I would feel okay, but at times, within a day, there was a roller-coaster of feelings. Finally, I accepted my condition," she said. “I advise everyone suffering from depression to speak up about it.” Deepika is the founder of the Live Love Laugh foundation.
5. Shah Rukh Khan
In 2010, the superstar looked back at the time he slipped into depression. After suffering from a prolonged shoulder injury that kept him inactive for a long period of time, Shah Rukh stated, “Due to the shoulder injury and the suffering I had got into a depression mode but now I am out of it. I feel happy and boosted with energy.”
6. Varun Dhawan
The Student of the Year star revealed he was fighting depression while shooting for Badlapur in late 2014 and early 2015. Speaking about it, he said, "I was depressed. I was not clinically declared depressed but I was heading there. I was very sad to a certain degree. I don't want to use the term 'depression' loosely because it's a serious illness. It definitely affected my mental health. I was prescribed medication and did see a doctor for it as well." He has now learnt to handle stress and anxiety well!
7. Anushka Sharma
In an earlier interview, the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil star 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."
8. Karan Johar
Back in 2016, he revealed how he fought clinical depression. Karan stated, "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 continued, “He then said I am having an anxiety attack. I went to a psychologist post that. Then I realized that I had some internal issues to deal with, which got built up to such point that it resulted into anxiety.”
9. Sanjay Dutt
Sanjay has often expressed his closeness to his late mother Nargis Dutt. The actor slipped into depression after her passing. “I was very close to mom, and when she died I almost went into depression. Then I got into drugs which is something I regret the most today,” Sanjay mentioned.
10. Randeep Hooda
He revealed about being depressed during the shoot of Imtiaz Ali's Highway. “After Highway, I was depressed for a long time. I had to tell myself that I am not a petty taxi driver (His character in the film) and that is not my life. Nobody loves me the way other characters loved mine in the film. You have to go through such things at times,” he stated.
11. Hrithik Roshan
Speaking at the #EverydayHeroes campaign to spread mental health awareness, Hrithik said mental illnesses should not be stigmatised and people need help with it. Hrithik said, "I have been through my ups and downs. I have experienced depression and confusion. It's a normal thing and we should be very casual when we speak about it. I have experienced issues in my life. We all go through ups and downs in our lives.” He continued, “The ups and downs are important because we evolve through both of them. When you go through a down it is important to have a clarity of thought. Sometimes your brain takes over and it kinds of feeds you with unwanted thoughts. Feeds you with thoughts which are not aligned with what you want to do in life and that is the time you need an objective point of view or a third person to look at you and tell you that this is what has happened because you lose awareness at that time."