Updated: Jan 5
The silence surrounding mental health and how Indian celebrities with OCD or some other sort of OCDs are struggling with it, gets more prevalent by the day. With people suffering all around us, there is a heightened awareness of the issue in society. Celebrities too have made their voices heard about it, much before we had heard of such instances ever. In this blog post, we are listing some Indian celebrities (famous people with OCD) who have openly spoken about mental health and how they approach it in a tough world. So, read these stories if you're looking for inspiration from someone like you or just to have your mood lifted up by someone close to you. You will surely learn a few things from them!
1. Shah Rukh Khan:
The most loved actor of the world known for his beautiful acting and bold dialogues, Shah Rukh Khan was a popular face in the 90s and had star-studded movies. However, he's been known to struggle with depression. The father of three is so much in control and disciplined that it's hard to imagine him falling into depression. But he did as an explanation of his mental illness. He said, "I had entered a depressive phase as a result of the shoulder injury and the pain, but I'm finally out of it. I'm content and have more energy than usual." He went on to say, "When I have to communicate my deepest emotions, I struggle. I am a very private, quiet, and shy person. I'm not proud of it, but sometimes people misunderstand how I show my love, friendship, anger, and apologies because I lack the skill to do so."
2. Anushka Sharma:
One of the Indian celebrities with anxiety disorder, The dulhan of Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli first started to talk about her mental state. She said, "I have anxiety disorder. And I'm treating my anxiety disorder. I'm on medication for my anxiety disorder. Why am I saying this? Because it’s a completely normal thing. It's a biological problem. In my family, there have been cases of depression. More and more people should talk openly about it. There is nothing shameful about it or something to hide. If you had constant stomach pain, wouldn’t you go to the doctor? It’s that simple. I want to make this my mission, to take any shame out of this, to educate people about this."
3. Deepika Padukone
The actress who rules the hearts of millions, Deepika Padukone said that she had fun during her first years in the limelight but after a while, she started to feel suicidal. She confessed to having been depressed that she just wanted to leave this world and this is what she said about it, "I assumed it was stress, so I made an effort to divert my attention by concentrating on my work and encircling myself with people. This worked for a time. But the nagging sensation persisted. I was having trouble focusing, had short breaths, and frequently lost it." Deepika even established her own organization, Live Love Laugh, to aid those who are struggling with mental illness.
4. Virat Kohli
The captain of the Indian cricket team is someone who has been through a lot of bumps in life and knows deep down that depression is something that needs to be dealt with more often. He said, "Recently, I realized that I was feigning my intensity a little bit. I was trying to persuade myself that you had the intensity. Nevertheless, your body is urging you to quit. Your mind is telling me to stop and back up."
5. Honey Singh
The rapper known as Honey Singh who supported film music is not someone who complains against pain but has suffered from depression. He said that he used to feel like he was dying, causing him to lose sleep and severely affecting his work. When asked about this, he said, "I've been struggling with depression for a long time now with no one realizing and all my team around me just putting up a fake front so I don't feel guilty to pretend I'm fine." He went on to say, "But strangely it's been happening for some time now...a dark cloud that's been hanging over me."
Many Indian celebrities with anxiety, celebrities with depression or any other form of OCDs have frankly spoken about various mental issues they have faced in their life. New celebrities may be coming up and some of them might have an opinion about mental health, but it is still a taboo topic in India. We hope that as more people open up, let's become one with each other and accept that everyone has something to say about mental health at least once in a while. This is how we can begin the healing of our society. We hope that you too take this opportunity to share your emotions with your loved ones!