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“I was not trying to be ‘revolutionary’ when I spoke of my depression”, Deepika Padukone


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Indian actress Deepika Padukone said she was trying to be honest with herself and her fans when she first opened up about her depression. She stated she was not aiming to be brave or revolutionary. Padukone expressed her views while addressing an event on mental health.

“For me coming out with my experience and sharing it with the world really was about being honest. At that point, four years ago, I didn’t think about it as being brave. I didn’t think that it was meant to be revolutionary,” shared Deepika.

Deepika Padukone added that while sharing her struggles with depression and talking about life-changing events she knew about the social stigmas attached to it.

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“I didn’t know what I was feeling or going through. Fortunately, it was my mother who was my caregiver and recognized my symptoms in the early stages. I was not feeling motivated anymore. I didn’t know why I wasn’t happy in my life and she was the one who took me to a counselor who immediately recognized that I needed medical help,” continued Deepika.

She added that after sharing the story, “I felt completely transparent. There was no fear of being judged and today it has made me a much happier person. It made me understand how fragile life is. It’s made me much more sensitive to people’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions.”

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“We very easily judge people and label them. Everyone has a backstory and it is very easy to pass a judgment and say something about someone. But when you understand what someone has been through, it just makes you a lot more aware of the people around you,” explained the Tamasha star.

Padukone added that it was a painful experience of her life and that she would never like to go through it again. “Obviously, that fear of slipping into it again is always there but I would never want to experience it again. That’s why I’m always aware of my thoughts, feelings, and emotions”, stated Padmaavat star.

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