Ileana D’Cruz Talks About Her Struggle With Depression And Body Dysmorphic Disorder
At the 21st World Congress of Mental Health, Ileana talked about her struggle with depression and body dysmorphic disorder.
Ileana D’Cruz is known to be an active advocate for mental health and seeking help for mental illnesses. She was awarded the ‘Woman of Substance ‘Award for her efforts. So on the last day of the conference, she spoke up about mental health.
I was always a very self-conscious person and was picked on for my body type. I used to feel low and sad all the time but didn’t know I was suffering from depression and Body Dysmorphic Disorder till I got help. All I wanted to do was to be accepted by everyone.
“At one point, I even had suicidal thoughts and wanted to end things. However, all of it changed when I accepted myself and what I was going through. I think that is the first step towards fighting depression.”
The “Rustom” actress said depression is “real” and people shouldn’t shy away from seeking help.
“It is a chemical imbalance in your brain and needs to be treated. Don’t sit back and think it will get okay but go get help. Like you have a sprain and go get yourself checked. If you have depression, seek help,” she said, urging people to be like Winnie the Pooh. “He wore a crop top, ate his favourite food all day and loved himself, you can too.”
She emphasizes the point that it takes time and one needs to be patient about it. She was very vocal about self -love.
“I am not saying that I had this miraculous recovery, every day is a process, every day is a step towards healing yourself and getting better. You are a human being and are allowed to be imperfect, and you are allowed to be flawed. There is a lot of beauty in your imperfections, in your uniqueness.”
“You may look at us actors and think that ‘Oh my God, they are so pretty, so perfect’. But that’s not how it is. It takes two hours to get ready and look like this. Love yourself for who you are and trust me if you are happy from within, you are the most beautiful person and your smile is your best asset.”
She said she decided to open up about her struggle because “as someone people look up to, even if I can help a handful of people cope, it is worth talking about it”.
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