After Deepika Padukone, it’s Ileana D’Cruz who has come forward to talk about her struggle with depression and how she discovered that she was suffering from Body Dysmorphic Disorder. The flawless actress who won our hearts with her spectacular acting in movies like ‘Rustom’, ‘Baadshaho’ and more, once suffered from depression and body dysmorphic disorder at the start of her career.
While talking about the beginning of her career, Ileana shared that for the longest time she wasn’t even aware that she had body image issues.
There was a period, approximately three years ago, I’d go from happy to be completely depressed and not knowing what it was. The most comforting thought was, ‘What if I just to end things now.’ And I thankfully released that this is not right.
Spilling the beans on how obsessed she was with everybody’s acceptance, Ileana said,
I was shy, self-conscious person once I hit my teens. I was constantly hit on for my body type. The obsession started when I was 15. My entire life goal was to be accepted by everyone. I think that’s what I wanted the most. I never got it.
While answering how she discovered that she was depressed, Ileana said,
I never expected to be someone who’d be dealing with anxiety, dealing with depression. I’ve got every possible thing I could want. And I wondered, ‘Why am I so depressed?’ I still don’t know sometimes. Then they told me you have depression, you have anxiety, you are going through body dysmorphic disorder. There was an acceptance which almost came immediately and that I think is one of the biggest steps that you can take towards change. You can’t move forward otherwise.
Giving a piece of advice to the people who are struggling with the same disorder, the actress said,
You’re human, you’re not meant to be perfect. You’re meant to be flawed. I’m just going to keep pushing and try and be the best of version that I can be of me.
Ileana’s interview is absolutely inspiring and empowering for those who are struggling with similar issues. If she can, you can!
And people who feel that their loved one going through similar issues, just talk to them about it, help them overcome their fears because depression is not an illusion or a thought, it’s real!