Deepika Padukone’s Psychologist on Depression Signs


Deepika Padukone opened up about her struggles with depression and anxiety for the first time in an HT exclusive in 2015. She’s a former supermodel, an A-list actor and the first woman to rank among the top five highest earning celebrities of India. But after opening up about her battle with depression and anxiety, we saw Deepika Padukone in a new light.

Deepika’s psychologist, Anna Chandy had helped Deepika not only fight depression but also chose to be open about her struggles. She showed how depression and anxiety are just like any other illness. They’re nothing to hide away. In 2015, Deepika Padukone started The Live Love Laugh Foundation, an initiative to end the stigma against mental health and spread awareness. If you suffer from anxiety or depression, people might find their mental health affecting different areas of their life when left unchecked. According to the WHO, depression is defined as a common mental disorder characterized by persistent sadness and a loss of interest in activities that are normally enjoyable — and the inability to carry out essential daily activities. Anna Chandy says if these signs are ignored or neglected for a long period of time, it can lead to suicidal thoughts. Depression also hinders mental processes like concentration, memory, and decision-making, she adds.’

For many of us, mental and emotional stress is just a byproduct of our everyday lives that we’ve learned to cope with. But according to Anna Chandy, there are some physical signs that your mental and emotional health may be buckling under depression. “Loss of appetite, irregular sleeping patterns, headaches, cramps, and other digestive problems are other physiological symptoms of depression. People who undergo these symptoms for longer than usual should seek professional help in a timely manner. It is also imperative that family and friends observe any unusual behavior and support the individual to express what he/she is going through.




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