Deepika Padukone has always been pretty open about issues surrounding mental health. She was one of the first celebrities in India who openly admitted that she went through depression and her struggles to stay afloat during the challenging times.
Recently, the actress attended the Anxiety Youth Centre dinner held by the Presbyterian Hospital in New York where she spoke about her experience fighting depression and anxiety. In a recent video shared by her Mental Helth Awareness initiative, The Live Laugh Love Foundation, on Instagram the actress can be seen meeting and greeting a range of Hollywood celebrities and Vogue chief Anna Wintour who invited her to the event.
In the clip, she addresses the crowd and can be heard saying, "300 million people in the world suffer from anxiety and depression. But I think the key to know is that anxiety and depression can creep up on absolutely anybody of any gender, any profession and any part of the world."
Talking about her struggles, she said, "The toughest part for me was when I didn't know what was happening to me. The day I understood what I am suffering from clinical depression I already started feeling much better."
"Anything that I have learned in my journey of recovery is that you need to be patient." she further stated.
Meanwhile, The Live Laugh Love Foundation captioned the post saying, "Last night, Deepika Padukone spoke about her experience with depression and anxiety at The Youth Anxiety Center. She is an inspiration of all those who have experienced or are currently experiencing mental health issues. Apart from research and outreach programs, The Youth Anxiety Center has conducted more than 75,000 treatment sessions in six years...something to be very proud of!"
"Thank You #AnnaWintour for inviting our founder as your guest to this very special evening and allowing me to share my story. As the African proverb goes, “If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far, go together”. #youthanxietycentre #vougemagazine" the post stated further.
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Following the event, Deepika also put out a series of posts on Instagram. In one of the recent post, the actress shared a monochrome picture of herself from the event and said, "Mental illness has presented society with a very tough challenge... But my experience with the illness has taught me so much;to be patient for one...but most importantly that there is ‘Hope’! @tlllfoundation #youthanxietycentre"
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