We have talked so much about the healthcare infrastructure and industry over the past few months. During the COVID-19 era, many people came out to help people struggling with any type of mental illness. But as positive as it sounds, talking about mental illness is still considered taboo, even in a progressive country like India. It is widely believed that if you have everything you need for a good life, you are not “qualified” for depression or anxiety. Likewise, life with millions of cameras pointed at them seems perfect for any celebrity. Not always, to be honest. As beautiful and happy the life of Bollywood superstars in front of the camera may seem, they are not always so relaxed in real life. Many Bollywood celebrities have spoken about their struggles with depression and anxiety.
Here is a list of such celebrities who have struggled with their mental illness and are struggling to break that social stigma by using their position to spread awareness.
She made her life a success after having overcome a long period of depression. She opened up to her fans about her mental health and discussed her own experiences with it on a daily basis. In fact, she went as far as building a mental health center to help people who were experiencing the same trauma as her. She stated that she no longer feels like living and that she doesn’t want anyone else to go through the same thing.
Anushka Sharma was also scared. She is a leading actress who is not afraid to talk about topics that need to be addressed but are usually not in the foreground. She is committed to educating more people about mental illness and removing the stigma associated with it. According to the actor, normalizing mental health and openly discussing it is the right way to go.
Shah Rukh Khan, the King Khan of Bollywood, also had to battle this terrible psychological problem while suffering excruciating agony from shoulder surgery in 2010.
Shaheen Bhatt, sister of Bollywood star Alia Bhatt, also struggled with mental illness. She even published a book about her struggles. “If there had been mental health conversations at school, if we had the terminology for it, I think that would be a clear path for people who suffer not to feel left out,” Shaheen said.
The actor suffered from at least two major depressions. These phases also lead to significant weight gain, which was well published at the time. Hrithik has been treated and is now a happier and happier guy. The actor makes a point of sharing his knowledge. Hrithik aims to remove the stigma associated with mental illness. This is one of the reasons why he is a member of the # EverydayHeroes initiative to raise awareness of mental health.
The filmmaker shared how he went through depression when he didn’t want to socialize or see anyone. He admitted that it was only later that he found out that he was suffering from clinical depression and needed medication.
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