Live, Love, Laugh With Deepika Padukone
Bollywood Actress Deepika Padukone to set up foundation called
“Live Laugh Love” to help people who are suffering from depression
“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.“
Since opening up and talking about dealing with clinical depression and anxiety Deepika Padukone has been in the works of starting a foundation called “Live, Laugh, Love” to support and bring awareness to Mental Health and helping others. The foundation was registered this July 1st and will be launched in the next few months.
Depression and anxiety is not an easy topic to talk about. Many people around the world hide it from loved ones in fear of being rejected, viewed or treated different. Despite of all this and what media or fans will say, actress Deepika Padukone decided to take action and speak up about her struggle with depression and anxiety earlier this year.
“It’s definitely scary… I mean… and I think that’s why I’m doing what I’m doing because it’s been so hard for me that I don’t want anyone else to go through it.”
As a Deepika Padukone fan and also dealing with both depression and anxiety myself, I admire her strength and boldness to talk about a cause so publicly. After reading her tweets on Twitter and watching her Interview with NDTV I could see the care and concern Deep’s has for others struggling with this.
Mental Illness can easily make you feel very lonely even when surrounded by loved ones; Sometimes just to know that you’re not the only one struggling, and celebrities too have been through or are going through the same things are working towards helping others really means a lot.
It’s nice to know that there are others who understand you and can relate to the pain you’re going through as well.
“The fight against depression is a cause very close to my heart and is one of the largest health issues facing the country today. Having experienced depression in the recent past, I realize how difficult it is to recognize the problem, find information and get the right kind of professional help“
Some symptoms of Depression may include:
- Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood
- Feelings of hopelessness, pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, helplessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities, including sex
- Decreased energy, fatigue, feeling “slowed down”
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering, making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping
- Low appetite and weight loss or overeating and weight gain
- Thoughts of death or suicide, suicide attempts
- Restlessness, irritability
- Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment, such as headaches, digestive disorders and pain for which no other cause can be diagnosed.
And some symptoms of Anxiety may include:
- Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness
- Problems sleeping
- Cold or sweaty hands and/or feet
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
- An inability to be still and calm
- Dry mouth
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
- Muscle tension
One of the hardest things to do for someone is to admit they have depression or anxiety and allow themselves to get help, as was for Deepika. But if you know someone or think you may be going through this please do seek professional help.
“Everyday, every individual is fighting a different battle. We may not… we all come to our work place, we all meet each other for 8-10hrs, and we all laugh and joke and move on with our lives. But each one of us is carrying something… you know it’s important for us to remember that. We’re all flawed in our different ways, but I think it’s important for us to identify… like for me i’ve identified what my strengths are, what my weaknesses are and i’ve come to terms with that and that has made me a happy person today.”