10 quotes from Deepika Padukone on battling depression


Deepika Padukone made her Bollywood debut in 2007 with Om Shanti Om opposite Shah Rukh Khan and over the years, she has become one of the most successful actresses of Bollywood. At a time when she was establishing her credentials as one of Bollywood’s most sought after actresses back in 2015, Queen Dee came forward and spoke about her battle with clinical depression and how she overcame it. 

Subsequently, she also started The Live Love Laugh Foundation to help people overcome mental illness, reduce the stigma around it and spread awareness about it. So on her birthday today we thought about listing out 10 quotes by the actress on battling depression that are super inspiring

1. “Being sad and being depressed are two different things. Also, people going through depression don’t look so, while someone sad will look sad. The most common reaction is, ‘How can you be depressed? You have everything going for you. You are the supposed number one heroine and have a plush home, car, movies… What else do you want?”


2. “People talk about physical fitness, but mental health is equally important. I see people suffering, and their families feel a sense of shame about it, which doesn’t help. One needs support and understanding. I am now working on an initiative to create awareness about anxiety and depression and help people.”

3. “I am someone who can’t hold on to negativity or hold on to grudges. I might feel something at a certain point, but I get tired after that. I don’t carry it with me. I forgive and forget very easily, and that’s the only way to be happy and peaceful.”


4. “Of course! It takes a lot of strength to mend a broken heart. Channelizing energies into your work helps, but also to be able to accept situations for what they are instead of questioning them helps immensely.”


5. “This really is not about me right now, it’s really about the lives that hopefully, we will impact. For people who have been through or are going through depression right now. Even if we can impact one life or save that one person from taking their life because they’re just so down and out, I think we’ve achieved what we wanted to.”

6. “I’ve not been in a live-in relationship. But I’ve been exposed to various kinds of equations that can exist between people. When I came from Bangalore, it was black and white. Over the years, I’ve realized that there’s more to what we see on a day-to-day basis. There are all kinds of relationships, all kinds of equations.”

Deepika Padukone

7. “I have fought my own battle with depression, and it was important for me to bring a little awareness about it for others.”


8. “My parents have been very supportive, in fact, it was my mother who identified that what I was going through was actually depression. My family and friends never let me feel as if something was wrong with me. They made me feel that what I was going through was okay. They supported my decision to take medication for depression.”


9. “I kept crying. I think my mother sort of sensed that something was wrong. She asked me if it had something to do with my personal life. Is it your work? Has someone said something to you? And it was none of these reasons.”


10. “There were times I’d feel ok and there were times I’d feel really low. I remember attending a conclave exactly this day. I’d cry in my room and then I had to go down and give this talk in front of so many people, with a smile on my face like everything’s ok. Then I had to fly back and again I’d have to lock myself up in a bathroom and cry because there’s just so many people looking at you all the time.”

Deepika Padukone

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