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Recently she revealed that she is suffering from depression and anxiety. Pouring her emotions out in an interview to Hindustan Times, she has revealed how difficult it was to realize that she was suffering from depression. She said, “In early 2014, while I was being appreciated for my work, one morning, I woke up feeling different. A day earlier, I had fainted due to exhaustion; it was all downhill from there. I felt a strange emptiness in my stomach.”
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Deepika explained how difficult it was for her to cope with depression and that phase. She said she kept herself busy at work and surrounding herself with people but it helped only for a while. “My breath was shallow, I suffered from lack of concentration and I broke down often” said she.
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She also tried to be brave in front of her parents but ultimately one day she broke down in front of her mother. It was then when her mother told her to consult a psychologist friend. She took a second opinion from another psychologist and then accepted it that she was suffering from anxiety and depression.
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"People often think ‘How can you be depressed? You have everything going for you. You are the supposed number one heroine and have a plush home, car, movies… What else do you want?’ she asked.
But according to her, depression has nothing to do with what you have and what you don’t have.
Just when she started to feel a bit okay, she discovered that a friend has committed suicide due to anxiety and depression. That added to her and trouble even more.
"My personal experience as well as my friend’s death urged me to take up this issue, which isn’t usually talked about," said Padukone.
"There is shame and stigma attached to talking about depression. In fact, one in every four people suffer from anxiety and depression." she added.
She further added, “It’s not about what you have or don’t have. People talk about physical fitness, but mental health is equally important. I see people suffering, and their families feel a sense of shame about it, which doesn’t help. One needs support and understanding.”
Padukone revealed that she is working with her team to create an initiative to help people deal with depression and create awareness about it.