Deepika Recalls Her Battle With Depression & Credits Her Mom!

Star actress Deepika Padukone was always vocal about her battle with depression. The 'Om Shanti Om' actress was in depression when she was cruising through her career. She was at the top during that time but couldn't come out of depression. She first talked about it in 2015 and stood as an inspiration to many who feared telling about it to others.

She said, "I was on a career-high, and everything was going well, so there was no reason or no apparent reason why I should've felt the way I was feeling, but I would break down for no reason. There were days when I just didn't want to wake up, I would sleep because sleep for me was an escape, I was suicidal at times."

At an event held by Live Love Laugh Foundation, Deepika told, "My parents live in Bengaluru and every time they visited me, even now when they visit me, I always put on a brave front, like everything's okay, you know you always want to show your parents that you're fine...so I was doing one of those things like I'm fine...until they were leaving one day, they were going back to Bengaluru and I broke down and my mother asked me the usual hygiene questions like...is it a boyfriend? Is it someone at work? Has something happened? And I just didn't have answers...it was none of these things. And it just came from a really empty, hollow place. And she knew instantly, and I think that for me was God sent."

She added, "Coming back to me... I needed professional help. And then the journey went on...I was put on to a psychiatrist, medication which went back and forth for many months. I was resistant to that at first because there was so much stigma attached to mental illness, so that went on for a couple of months until I finally started taking medication and started feeling better."

Currently, Deepika is acting as the heroine in Shah Rukh Khan's 'Pathan' and Prabhas' 'Project K'. She is also doing a couple of other interesting projects.
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