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Seven Bollywood celebrities who have battled mental health disorders

And spoken about it

BY Japleen Kaur | January 25th, 2019

The times they are a-changing; the taboo surrounding mental health disorders is dissipating as more and more individuals, from all walks of life, are talking about their experiences overcoming these conditions. Celebrities are no different; over the last few years, Bollywood has come out in full force to support the mental wellness movement–even sharing their own personal stories to help empower millions of others who maybe struggling with these illnesses. 

From Deepika Padukone to Hrithik Roshan, here are seven Bollywood actors who have opened up about their battles with anxiety, depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder: 

Hrithik Roshan

Roshan has admitted to suffering from depression and and has even spoken out at the #EverydayHeroes campaign. Spreading mental health awareness, he wanted people to understand that it should not be stigmatised. He said, "The ups and downs are important because we evolve through both of them. When you go through a down it is important to have a clarity of thought. Sometimes your brain takes over and it kind of feeds you with unwanted thoughts. Feeds you with thoughts which are not aligned with what you want to do in life and that is the time you need an objective point of view or a third person to look at you and tell you that this is what has happened because you lose awareness at that time."


Randeep Hooda

Work stress can seriously affect your mental state and Randeep Hooda has acknowledged and spoken about this; his experiences shooting Highway and Sarabjit took a toll on the actor. 


Manisha Koirala

Manisha Koirala is a fighter. The actress has not only beaten cancer but also fought clinical depression, to emerge a happier, more positive and stronger person.


Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma, who suffers from anxiety, has openly admitted to seeking help for it. In her regular, no-nonsense way, she said that if someone had stomach ache, they would go to the doctor, and that this should not be treated any differently. 


Ileana D'Cruz

Ileana suffered from Body Dysmorphic Disorder that eventually led to anxiety. "At one point, I even had suicidal thoughts and wanted to end things. However, all of it changed when I accepted myself and what I was going through. I think that is the first step towards fighting depression," she revealed at the 21st World Congress of Mental Health. She also stated how seeking help and talking to a therapist helped through the difficult time.


Deepika Padukone

This A-lister opened up about her battle with depression, where she revealed that she would constantly feel negative despite being surrounded with people who constantly motivated her. She not only got over her depression, but also established a foundation to help others suffering from mental health illnesses. 


Karan Johar

During an interview, the director opened up about his fight with depression saying, "There was a phase in my life when I was really depressed. When I went through that phase, I thought I am getting a cardiac arrest. I felt it in the middle of a meeting two and half years ago, after which I left the meeting in between saying I have something urgent to do and rushed to the doctor. He then said I am having an anxiety attack. I went to a psychologist post that. Then I realised that I had some internal issues to deal with, which got built up to such point that it resulted in anxiety. Those sessions (medication) made a big difference to me. At one point the lack of love in my life was really bothering me. Today I feel a lot more free of it. I feel there are loads of other things to look forward to."