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Deepika Padukone Opens up on Depression

Deepika Padukone, who shouted down the country’s premier newspaper The Times of India over their coverage of her “curves” and boldly stood up against the market leader and opinion makers, did not falter when it came to her personal health problem.

Giving an exclusive interview to the Times of India’s rival The Hindustan Times, Deepika Padukone openly told the world that she did undergo periodic depression, irrespective of her success and fame, which is true in many cases of successful people who suffer from anxiety and depression.

“People often think ‘How can you be depressed? You have everything going for you. You are the supposed number one heroine and have a plush home, car, movies… What else do you want?’,” she told HT.

In fact, going public would help reduce attacks of depression and Deepika Padukone deserves credit for making the disease cognizable in society that otherwise take it as stigma. The actress said that she first broke it before her mother Ujjala Padukone and then consulted two psychologists.

While she is still on medication, celebrities and successful people often undergo depression and history is replete with nobles who underwent isolation before facing bouts of depression attacks.

Deepika Padukone has also pointed out that depression has nothing to do with what people have and what they don’t have and she gave out how she is coping with it. One was to to keep working for long hours and secondly confiding with close friends and in her case mother.

“There were days when I would feel okay, but at times, within a day, there was a roller-coaster of feelings. Finally, I accepted my condition.” said Padukone to HT.

Recent Research:

  1. Australian researchers have recently showed that two apples a day keep depression away though they were not able to pinpoint the cause. Their study of 6,000 people showed that apple has anti-inflammatory properties that help increase the chemicals linked to sending the signals of “All is well” sensation to the brain. “Women who ate two or more pieces of fruit per day were less likely to report depressive symptoms,” University of Queensland professor Gita Mishra told Channel 9 TV channel.
  2. Some women have shown symptoms of being upset and depressed after taking the white wine and experts suggest that it could be due to its ingredients as it contains more sulphites than the red wine. Sulphites have been linked with depression , which are naturally found in grapes and it is added in small amounts as a preservative.
  3. Monash University in Melbourne, which has pioneered many studies related to aspirin, has taken up research on the effect of aspirin on reducing depression as part of their program titled “ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly” (ASPREE). The results will be known by 2018.
  4. Overwork, or feeling burnt out is another reason linked to depression, according to a study conducted by Psychologist Irvin Schonfeld from City College of New York on 5,500 teachers. Applying this finding to Padukone case, it is not good to work longer hours but good to remain in close circle of friends during the free-time.

  5. Form Addahs of your own circle of friends, chase one or two hobbies and spend time regularly. Always hoping to join some meetings or gatherings will bring down depression, says another study. Remember that the “Hug” therapy vouched in “Munnabhai MBBS” has been proved right research-wise recently.

depressionHere are some tips compiled to keep yourself away from depression:

-Don’t spend your time on shopping as you feel empty after a while. Instead, spend time with your loved ones and family members and friends helps overcome depression.

-Don’t be selfish. It attracts isolation from the peer group and leads to depression. Share what you have with others.

  • Avoid too much of drinking, whether alcohol or wine, during the parties or festive seasons as it brings on depression. Avoid too much sugar.

  • At workplace, don’t overstretch yourself as stress at work leads to depression later, according to a recent study. Don’t sit alone either but try to call somebody or visit somebody and keep yourself in the company of at least one person always.

  • Remember that you are not alone. There are millions who need your help and be a volunteer at any public service place like church, nursing home, old-age home or children’s day care.

  • One best remedy is making yourself sought-after by people who need your help not your money. This is possible only when you shed self-centric attitude and be ready to undertake social work, voluntary work or anything that keeps you in the midst of people.

  • Think positively and avoid negative talk, bring in positive outlook at life and do some positive work immediately.

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