Hrithik Roshan says he suffered from depression, and it’s a normal thing

Hrithik Roshan has become the latest Bollywood to have openly spoken on having been through depression. He pointed out that it is a normal thing and should be treated like any other normal illness and should not be stigmatised.

Speaking at the launch of Everyday Heroes campaign to spread mental health awareness, Hrithik said, “I’ve been through my ups and downs. I have experienced depression, I have experienced confusion, as we all do. It’s a very normal thing. We should be very casual about it when we speak about it. It should be spoken about casually.”

The 42-year-old actor said the high and lows are a part of life and are necessary as it helps one to evolve as a person.

“I have experienced issue in my own personal life, we all go through ups and downs. The ups are important, the downs are (also) important because you evolve through both of them. When you go through a down then the most important thing is clarity of thought. Sometimes your brain takes over, feeds you with unwanted thoughts. That’s the time you need objectivity, a third or second person to look at you and say ‘this is what is happening to you’,” said the ‘Mohenjo Daro’ actor.

Hrithik added that if a person goes through depression, it doesn’t mean that the person is weak. “Being vulnerable is what makes us humane. Being a human being means vulnerable. Don’t feel you are weak or it (depression) makes you a lesser or weaker person,” he said.

He also added that mental illness should not be stigmatized and should be treated like any other normal illness. “Millions don’t know they might be suffering from something clinical which is not their fault. It is nothing one should feel awkward about. A knee, elbow, back or neck problems are something we are unapologetic to talk about. But when we are going to go through deep anxiety, depression, chaos, confusion or addictive behaviour and even though we know we are going through it, we don’t allow ourselves to talk about the problems that deal with the brain. It is because we have been conditioned since birth that it is something to feel embarrassed about. And we need to stamp out that stigma. We need to set ourselves free. We need to educate people.”