Deepika Padukone: Depression is going to be the next big epidemic to hit our country

Published: February 22, 2018 12:05 pm

Deepika Padukone was speaking on ‘Making mental wellness a boardroom priority’ at the World Congress on Information Technology and Nasscom India Leadership Forum here on Wednesday. Also read | Deepika Padukone on Padmaavat: I will always cherish Ranveer and Shahid’s contribution
“If my mother had not understood the problem, I would not have got the intervention.”
Deepika said while people suffering from depression were not expected to identify the symptoms and reach out to a psychiatrist, those around them have to understand it. She said it was important that the persons suffering from depression speak about it with his or her near and dear ones and approach a counselor and psychiatrist. Deepika advised all IT companies to have counselors and psychiatrists to help the employees who may be suffering from depression. In a packed hall at ‘global influencer session’ on the last day of the three-day event, Deepika, the founder of The Live Love Laugh Foundation, shared her experiences with depression and gave tips to technologists on how to overcome it. “There was no motivation and drive. She observed that people on social media sometimes present a glorified version of life. Replying to a query from the audience, Deepika said when she was suffering from depression, she used to feel like not getting up from bed and going for work. I was not able to think straight. She believes that success and failure are all part of life and everybody fails at one point in their life. The actor said frequent sessions with counselors, medication, lifestyle changes, spacing the work, adequate sleep and the right kind of food helped her overcome the problem. “If I am able to save even one life, I will feel my job is done.”
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She was speaking on ‘Making mental wellness a boardroom priority’ at the World Congress on Information Technology and Nasscom India Leadership Forum here on Wednesday. In the chat with Nasscom Vice-Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer Wipro Rishad Premji, she said that depression is going to be the next big epidemic. You feel a burden. It’s going to be next big epidemic to hit our country,” she said. “Personal feel and touch, physical proximity, one-on-one is important which technology in some way is taking away from us.”
On whether social media is adding to the problem, Deepika said while it has been a boon in lot of ways, she believes that everything should be in moderation. “You are not alone. “It’s okay to have moments of weakness, okay to break down and okay to cry. On the activities of her Foundation, she said it was working to create awareness in Karnataka’s Davangere district. Also read | Deepika Padukone opens up about her role in Vishal Bhardwaj’s next
She said the employers should also ensure that such employees are not treated differently, noting there is a lot of stigma attached to mental illness and such people don’t speak due to fear of losing their job. She stressed the need for people to come out and speak about mental illness. It’s okay if you don’t look great all the time,” she said. You feel clouded and don’t feel like yourself.”
About the many episodes of breaking down, she said one day when her parents were returning to Bengaluru after visiting her, she broke down in front of her mother, who understood the problem and reached out to a counsellor. One in three or five persons feels depression. She believes technology can help create awareness on depression but personal touch and feel is important to help the person. Related News
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