World Mental Health Day: 5 Bollywood celebrities share how they fought mental health issues

Living during a pandemic has brought a different understanding of how important mental health is, along with physical well-being. The mental health crisis has been a global focal point for the past two years and has been a regular topic of discussion in public discourse. Many celebrities, whether they are actors or athletes, have been vocal about their struggles with mental health which has helped to significantly reduce social stigma around the same. Every time a well-known person talks about their personal experiences, it helps create awareness about the issue. To keep the word out, the World Health Organization is marking October 10th as Mental Health Day to support those with mental health issues. On this day, let’s take a look at Bollywood celebrities like Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone and others who have been open about their struggles with mental health.

Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma He was very open about feeling anxious and dealing with it. In 2017, she spoke about the same in response to a Twitter post that read, “I have anxiety. And I’m treating my anxiety. I’m taking medication for my anxiety. Why do I say this? Because it’s totally normal. It’s a biological problem. In my family, there have been cases Depression. More and more people should talk openly about it. There is nothing shameful in that or nothing to hide. If you have persistent stomach ache, wouldn’t you go to the doctor? Quite simply. I want to make this my mission, to take any shame out of This, to educate people on this matter.”

Shraddha Kapoor

In an exclusive conversation with Pinkvilla in 2019, Shraddha Kapoor She revealed how she fought off severe anxiety issues. “I didn’t even know what anxiety was. We didn’t know it for a very long time. Right after Aashiqui I had this physical manifestation of anxiety. This pain occurs where there was no physiological diagnosis. We had many tests but there was nothing wrong with me reporting Doctor. It’s weird because I kept thinking about why I was feeling this pain. Then I kept asking myself why it’s happening,” she said.

Shraddha She revealed that she found the best way to deal with it was to cuddle her. “You have to accept it as part of yourself and treat it with great love. This made a huge difference. And whether or not you suffer from anxiety, you always need to understand who you are or what you stand for.”


deepika Don’t be shy about being candid about her struggle with depression. On numerous occasions on various media platforms, the actress has been honest about feeling empty and helpless in difficult times. In her blog for The New York Times, Deepika revealed that she had clinical depression when she was at the peak of her career and had a great personal life.

“On paper, that should have been a wonderful time in my life. I’ve just starred in four of my most memorable films, my family has been very supportive, and I’ve been dating the man who would later become my husband. I had no reason to feel the way that I felt it. But I did. I was exhausted and sad all the time. If someone plays a happy song to make me happy, it makes me feel bad. I wrote that getting up every day feels like a huge endeavor.

Karan Johar

While KJo’s on-screen character exudes confidence and cheerfulness, the director has had his own share of mental health struggles. In an interview with NDTV in 2016, Karan Johar He spoke openly about his battle with clinical depression. He revealed that there was a stage in his life during which he was suffering from severe depression, and he was taking medication. “When I went through this stage, I thought I was going into cardiac arrest. I felt it in the middle of a meeting two and a half years ago, and then I left the meeting between saying I had something urgent to do and rushing to the doctor. Then he said I had an anxiety attack. I went to a psychiatrist afterwards. Then I realized I had some internal issues to deal with, which had built up to the point that it led to anxiety.

Alia Bhatt

in 2019, Alia Bhatt He revealed that he was having bouts of anxiety that would come and go. While speaking to Filmfare, Alia said it wasn’t depression, but she did feel really low. “At first, I would be a bit confused. I always gave reasons that it was because of work or maybe I was tired or I could not meet anyone.” She added that she only allows herself to feel it. “Everyone told me that you have to realize that it will go away. The important thing is to accept it and not say you are OK. If you are not OK, you should just say you are not OK,” she said.

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