From Karan Johar to Manisha Koirala: 10 Celebrities Who Suffered from Depression
These are some of the prominent names who have been courageous enough to admit they were depressed
There is no shame in admitting that you are depressed. There should not be any dithering in coming out to the world and saying that you are depressed and need help. Here are the names of some prominent celebrities who have been brave enough to come out in front of the world and talk about their suffering.
If they can come out and talk about it, so can you!
1. Karan Johar
A couple of years ago, Karan perfectly explained how it feels to be clinically depressed. "Those sessions (medication) made a big difference to me. During those sessions, we touched on many things of my life. I felt that I did not deal entirely with the loss of my father, though it’s been 11or 12 years, I felt the pain and hurt of certain relationships that had dwindled from my life and I was carrying all that baggage. And the fear of future, the fear that I was not being able to find a life partner. At one point the lack of love in my life was really bothering me. Today I feel a lot more free of it. I feel there are loads of other things to look forward to. We live in this bubble all the time as we talk film, we eat film and sleep film and as a result, we build up emotions, which we don’t know are really those for the films or you take those when you don’t work together. So you land up wondering about every equation you make in the movie industry,” he said, adding, “At 44, when you are lonely and not in a relationship, you wonder what your life is going to be and all the success you might get and all the love and attention you get, where does that go? When you don’t have that love to share with somebody, it gets you worried.”
2. Anushka Sharma
Anushka spoke about her anxiety issues and admitted that she is under treatment. “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,” Anushka Sharma shared.
3. Ileana D'Cruz
The Barfi actress has also admitted that she is under treatment for depression. "I think that is what I wanted the most. I never got it. I was always like the wallflower. I didn't even know I had a body disorder. So when I started off with acting, it made things a little more worse. There was a period; approximately three years ago, 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," said Ileana.
4. Shama Sikander
Shama was under treatment for depression too. But not many know that she admitted to attempting suicide by consuming sleeping pills. “Though my life was going great, I was bored of it; nothing would impress or excite me. I even tried to commit suicide one night. I kissed my mother good night and told her not to wake me up. After that, I swallowed several sleeping pills at one go. Just before slipping away, I texted my brother my bank account details, which made him panic. He immediately called my mother to check on me and I was rushed to the hospital three hours later,” Shama said.
5. Deepika Padukone
Deepika’s is a well-known case of depression in Bollywood. "I thought it was stress, so I tried to distract myself by focusing on work, and surrounding myself with people, which helped for a while. But the nagging feeling didn't go away. My breath was shallow, I suffered from lack of concentration and I broke down often."
6. Varun Dhawan
Who would have thought? But Varun was battling depression, while shooting the movie, Badlapur. 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, and did see a doctor for it, as well."
7. Hrithik Roshan
Hrithik has also revealed that he has been consumed by dark thoughts. He 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. 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."
8. Kapil Sharma
He is also known case of depression. It is also true that most well- known comedians are victims of depression. "There was a time in my life when I was not doing well. I refused to listen to my body and my mind. But now things have changed and I am again back to a positive frame of mind. I actually went into depression. I had stopped drinking to get fit for the film. I lost 12 kg. And if you drink after losing weight, even two pegs acts like five. I love my team, I get anxious when I don't see them. I cannot detach myself. I went into depression."
9. Tiger Shroff
He also spoke about his battle with depression. "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 mindset. I didn’t have any drive. But after I finished my first schedule, I thought, ‘I can’t wait for people to see this now.'”
10. Manisha Koirala
She too admitted that depression consumed her in a lengthy Facebook post. "How slowly, shadows of my past friendships are becoming distant dream… did I have bunch of friends with whom there were promises of life time? Disappointed, yes I am… but then life fills you with new hope, new friends… hoping this time round it would be rooted in deep values rather then just crazy, fun times!!”
Please note: All these quotes were given at different points in time and to different public media and forums