The beautiful Deepika Padukone opened up about her battle with depression in an exclusive interview with Burkha Dutt on Saturday, during which the Bollywood actress fearlessly described breaking down ‘at the drop of a hat’ and the importance of having a strong support system.
While speaking about the early days of her ailment, the actress welled up as she described how despite winning awards and giving talks on her achievements, she would often lock herself up in a bathroom to cry and how hard it was just to get out of bed.
“It’s scary, but I’m doing what I’m doing because it was so hard for me that I don’t want anyone else to go through it,” she said.
The actress said that she felt the need to share her story if it meant saving even one person from taking their own life.
“If I can impact one life in this entire process of speaking up and letting people know that it’s something I have been through and something that I could deal with because I had a fantastic support system,” said the actress who was accompanied by her mother Ujjala Padukone, and her doctors, Dr Shyam Bhatt and Dr Anna Chandy.
Deepika also called out media outlets that reported her depression in an insensitive and often incorrect manner, saying the actress was depressed “because her friend Ranvir was depressed.”
Reports also suggested she was using her depression to promote a movie and make money. Deepika, however, dismissed them, saying, “I’ve been through hell and back. We are a nation with the most depressed people in the world. There is a larger issue at hand.”
Read the full transcript of the interview here: http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/full-transcript-lets-talk-depression-deepika-padukones-story-748527