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Kapil Sharma On Battling Depression In Netflix Stand Up And Other Celebs That Opened Up On The Topic

In his Netflix stand-up comedy, Kapil Sharma talked about battling depression. Here are other celebs who did the same.
  • Tanushree De
  • Editorial
Published -21 Jan 2019, 14:07 ISTUpdated -03 Feb 2022, 13:45 IST
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You may be posting so many selfies, writing about the day to day stuff and sharing those posts talking about fitness on social media but it takes a lot to really pour your heart out in the online and offline world. It takes a lot to say the truth about your mental health. Because it is not easy. Because talking about other things is easy but talking about your own darkness takes guts. But know this; it is not impossible to open up. Take a cue from these celebs who have opened about expressing their mental health issues and you too can make a start to get over depression.

Kapil Sharma

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In a recent stand-up comedy show on Netflix, Kapil Sharma talked about battling depression. He spoke about this important mental health issue in a lighter tone and shared his coping mechanism with the audience. 

In 'I’m Not Done Yet' show, Kapil stressed that depression is taken lightly in our country, and people are not aware of the issue. He opened up about consulting a therapist and taking a break from work. 

Humorously, he greeted the audience and said, "We always believe that depression is something that happens outside (abroad). It doesn't happen here (India)." Sharing a conversation with her therapist, he said, "I do not feel like doing anything, and I seem not to like anything."

Hazel Keech

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While postinga few years back about her #10yearchallenge, actress Hazel Keech, who is married to cricketer Yuvraj Singh, opened up in detail about struggling with depression on Instagram. Here’s what she wrote: 

I was battling depression, starving myself, had bulimia, dyed my hair dark and kept it long trying to fit in a please everyone around me but hiding all the pain with a smile and joke so no one knew. Today, I can confidently talk about what I’ve gone through, I don’t care what others think of me, I finally had the courage to cut my hair, I don’t try and fit in anymore and I am happier, healthier and more at peace with myself than I ever imagined I could be! (sic)

Deepika Padukone

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Deepika Padukone was one of the first celebs to openly talk about being depressed and feeling empty despite having it all. She also founded The Live Love Laugh Foundation to help spread mental health awareness. She talked about her mental health issues on various platforms including international ones and has never shied away from talking about the topic. With support from family and friends, she regained her old self and is one of the most successful female actors in India. Deepika also launched a book with a chapter that talks about the same (read about it here).

Anushka Sharma

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Calling anxiety issues a biological problem, Anushka had once talked about how she sought medication for the same. Just goes to show how mental health is something that’s treatable just like any other disease of the body. Anushka Sharma had also talked about how there have been cases of depression in her family and that there is nothing shameful about it.

Shama Sikander

She tried ending it all with sleeping pills and was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. She survived. There was a time when she felt bored of life even when things were going great for her. She recovered. She thought she had no self control. But she became a person who seeks joy in small things. She not only overcame depression but now makes conscious efforts to be more open and receiving. And the glow on Shama Sikander's face is indeed an indication of that!


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Manisha Koirala

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There’s always a cure but you should want that healing for yourself, said Manisha, a cancer survivor. She emerged only stronger from the depths of depression. Her mantra for staying happy? Doing the best in the situation where things don’t go our way and taking it as a learning lesson.

Ileana D’Cruz

Looking at her popularity, beauty and acting talent, people have made assumptions that Ileana always had it all. But the actress had fought depression, anxiety and body dysmorphic disorder. It was her family and friends who acted as her support system to help her manage her mental health.

Imagine always being in the public eye, where you are supposed to look good all the time, say the right things and be in control of your emotions. If celebs can do that while giving their mental issues a tough time, so can you. Thinking of where to begin? Just call up these helplines to make a start: 

  • Vandrevala Foundation - 1860 2662 345, 1800 2333 330
  • iCall - 022-25521111 (Monday to Saturday, 8 am - 10 pm) 
  • Connecting India - 18002094353 (12pm to 8 pm daily) 
  • Aasra - 9820466726 91-22-27546669 (24x7)

Want to know what are the symptoms of depression or how to deal with depression? Then keep reading HerZindagi as we talk about everything under the sun related to your health and wellbeing. #BeHealthy #BeSmart

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