After Deepika Padukone, another Bollywood actress has opened up about her fight with depression. Zaira Wasim, 17, of the “Dangal” and “Secret Superstar” fame, took to Instagram on Thursday night to tell her fans that she has been suffering from depression for the last four years but was pushed into a “bubble of denial”
“I’m writing this to (finally) admit and confess that I, for a very long time have been suffering from depression,” Zaira wrote.
She said she has been “embarrassed and scared” to admit it not only because of the stigma that goes around with the word depression but most importantly because of always being told that ‘You’re too young to be depressed’ or ‘It’s just a phase'”.
The Kashmiri girl said she has sometimes popped five anti-depressants every day, faced anxiety attacks, was rushed to the hospital in the middle of the night, felt empty, restless, anxious and hallucinated, apart from having sore limbs from sleeping too much or not being able to sleep for weeks.
“From overeating to starving myself, unexplained fatigue, body ache, self-loathing, nervous breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, were all parts of this phase,” said Zaira.
Zaira said she knew something wasn’t right for her, however, people and doctors around her told her, “It’s nothing, you’re too young to be depressed”.
Her first panic attack was at the age of 12, and another one at 14.
“Now all I remember is losing count of the number of panic attacks, losing count of the number of medicines I’ve had and I’m still having…”
Zaira said she could never accept the fact that she suffers from a disorder called depression, which “affects almost 350 million people worldwide; without asking for their permission to ruin their mental and emotional state or asking them their age”.
Depression and anxiety is not a feeling, she said.
“It’s an illness. It’s not somebody’s choice or fault. It can affect anyone, anytime.”
Now she has embraced it and understood it, and decided to share about the struggle “without being ashamed, embarrassed and having the fear of being judged for it”.
Zaira said perhaps a “complete break from everything, my social life, my work, school and especially social media”, might help her.
“I’m really looking forward to the holy month of Ramadan as it may be the perfect opportunity to figure things out. Please remember me in your prayers.”