World Mental Health Day 2022

10th October 2022

Make Mental Health &
well-being for all a Global Priority


Deepika Padukone on Depression

Let's talk depression: Excerpts from Deepika Padukone's story - YouTube 

Deepika Padukone was one of the first Bollywood actresses to come forward openly with her depression battle. She actually became an inspiration for many people during that time. She spoke about depression in the year 2015

Deepika Padukone said, “You are not alone. One in five people suffer from depression. We have to help each other out. It is okay to be vulnerable, to have moments of low, to share and to seek help.”

In an interview to NDTV, Deepika Padukone shared the how she felt physically and emotionally while dealing with depression. She said, “There’s this weird pettish feeling, feeling of being blank and anxious.” While talking about the bodily symptoms of depression she expressed, “my breathing was different, it was very shallow, uneven, sometimes, grasping for breath.” She also said that she had a feeling of emptiness and confusion, where she did not know what to do when her mind wasn’t talking to her properly. She told NDTV show-host that during her tough times she wasn’t sure where she should go, what she should do, she kept on talking to herself and she got no answer.  She was earlier resistant but accepted her condition and went for counselling and medication.

“Depression never discriminates.” – Tweeted by Dwayne Johnson

Like Deepika Padukone, many Bollywood and Hollywood Celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Varun Dhawan, Ileana D'Cruz, Dwayne Johnson, Kristen Bell, Jim Carrey have spoken openly about depression and how depression creeps in their life due to difficult life’s circumstances. Everybody feels down some times in our life, but these feelings often pass quickly. But in few occasions, such feeling stays for too long and become severe than it should. We feel struck, lost and have feeling of emptiness. Such prolonged and undefeatable sadness overpowers our ability to think, feel, and manage daily activities. We experience sadness, loose interest, and pleasure in activities we use to enjoy and feel low self-worth. This is when Depression creeps in. It starts manifesting in form of sleep disturbances, eating issues, poor concentration, or even feelings of guilt. Depression also includes a loss of interest, decreased energy, and depressed mood for a constant period of at least 2 weeks.

Depression affect people differently depending on their age. Children suffering from depression might be cranky, anxious, irritable, or pretending to be sick. They may refuse to attend school, be clingy to their parents, or be worried about the death of a parent. Teens and older children with depression might have trouble in school, become restless, feel frustrated easily, or have low self-esteem. Young adults with depression are more likely be irritable, have negative perspective of life and future, and often complain about weight gain and hypersomnia. Depression in middle-aged people may experience more depressive episodes, lower libido, and early morning wake-ups. Depression in older adult manifest in form of feeling withdrawal, no interest in life, have fear or guilt and can be caused or contributed by other medical conditions and chronic pains in older adults. You may assess your-self for free by taking free online assessment, this assessment is not diagnostics but may be a beginning to recognize your concern.

How to fight depression?

Having a strong support group of close friends, loved ones and a trusted mental health professional is the best way to battle with depression. You can also open to an online counsellor and speak out things that are troubling you. In-person talk therapy or an online therapy can help people change their thinking and behaviour and come out of phase of severe sadness and loneliness. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) are some effective techniques that most mental health professional use to treat depression symptoms. Depending on uniqueness of the person, their needs and severity of symptoms, the therapist plan the treatment process accordingly. Some cases when the level of depression becomes severe, clinician may also suggest medication when required, seek best online psychiatrist consultation.

Learn more about depression through online counselling and talk to the best psychologist near me, online counsellor, and psychiatrist about your concerns.

Video Credit: NDTV |  Let's talk depression: Excerpts from Deepika Padukone's story - YouTube

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  • You can reduce your depression by taking a walk, dancing, or doing light exercise at the home.
  • Negative thinking is a common way for someone to feel depressed. Positive thinking and thought journalising can be used to challenge negative thinking pattern.
  • Water intake is essential for the body to eliminate toxins, enhance the function of its internal organs and improve clarity of thought.
  • It is easy to create a healthy routine. Small changes like the way you dress can bring a significant change in your habit. Simply get up and get dressed in the morning rather than lounging around in pajamas.
  • Dopamine can be increased by sitting down, watching funny movies or comedy shows, laughing with friends, or simply thinking of amusing things that make you laugh.
  • You can call a friend and ask them how they are doing. Or you could volunteer at a local charity, help a neighbour with their work, or adopt a pet. Helping others can boost self-esteem and help us forget about our problems.