Actress Deepika Padukone is one of the leading personalities who came forward and started conversations around mental health and depression. The actress recently hosted a voice chat room session on Clubhouse. She talked about her bad mental days and battle with depression. Deepika also stated that it was her mother, Ujjala Padukone, who realized that her cry was different than a ‘usual boyfriend issue or stress at work’.
The actress shared, “It basically started in February 2014…I felt empty, directionless and it just felt life had no meaning or purpose. I couldn’t feel anything physically or emotionally. I just felt this void… I felt this for days, weeks, and months until one day my family was here and they were going back home and when they were packing their bags, I was sitting in their room and suddenly broke down. That’s when my mother realized for the first time that something was different. My cry was different. It wasn’t the usual boyfriend issue or stress at work. She kept asking me if it was this or that. I couldn’t pinpoint one specific reason. It was her experience and presence of mind that she encouraged me to seek help.”
“Life post mental illness is a ‘before and after’. I had a particular life before depression and I have a very different life after that. I keep saying that there’s not a day that goes by without me thinking about my mental health. To ensure I don’t go back into that space, it’s very important for me to focus on the quality of my sleep, nutrition, hydration, exercise, how I process stress, and my thoughts and mindfulness. These are the things I have to do on a daily basis not because they are fancy words or it’s cool to do this but I won’t be able to survive if I don’t do all these things,” she concluded.
On the work front, Deepika will be seen in the movie 83, with her husband Ranveer Singh. Other movies in the pipeline are Pathan, Fighter, Mahabharata, and The Intern.