I carry a fear of relapse, Deepika Padukone on depression


Deepika Padukone once declared to the world that she battled depression successfully with the help of her parents and doctor. While speaking at India Economic Summit, the 31-year-old actor opened up about her fear of relapse.

"I don't think I can say that I'm completely over it (depression). There is always a fear at the back of my mind that I might have a relapse because it has been such a bad experience for me," Padukone said at the India Economic Summit here.

When the actress was asked whether her revelation of depression had cost her movie roles, Deepika said she was unsure.

"Maybe there are people who haven't offered me films because they think I was depressed and I can't act. Maybe, I don't know. I'm in a good space because I can choose the movies that I want to act in, but I don't think everyone has that luxury of where they want to work or when they want to work," she said.

The actress said the issue should be included in the curriculum for the better awareness. "A large part of the stigma comes from the fact that we (just) talk about physical education in schools. I had physical education in my school, but we didn't have anything to talk about mental health. It's not a part of the curriculum. If we included that in the curriculum and introduced the idea or the importance of mental health at school level, there will be no stigma," the actor said.

Deepika, who is also the founder of 'The Live Love Laugh' foundation wants the public be aware of the disease and have the courage to fight depression, Deepika said, "I didn't think about the repercussions. The idea really was to change the way people in India and the world see mental illness".