Deepika Padukone's sister Anisha felt 'helpless' when the actress battled depression

Updated: Aug 18, 2018, 11:50 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Deepika Padukone's sister Anishka Padukone opens up about how the family helped the actress battle depression

Deepika Padukone's sister Anisha felt 'helpless' when the actress battled depression
Anisha Padukone with sister Deepika Padukone

In 2015, Deepika Padukone opened up about her struggle of battling through depression. Now, in an interview with News 18, Deepika's sister Anisha Padukone, who is a golfer by profession, opened up about how the family dealt with when Deepika was diagnosed with depression.

Talking about her state, Anisha said, "Honestly, it was difficult for me as I had very little idea about mental illness and the role of a caregiver. Coping with mental illness affects both the individuals and members of their immediate family."

Anisha also said that she was engulfed in the feeling of helplessness and was clueless about what to do. It was then that their mother Ujjwala Padukone intervened. "There was not much information available where I could learn and equip myself to be of help. There were times when I felt helpless. Fortunately for us, my mother noticed something was wrong. We then approached a counsellor who is also a very close family friend and things worked out," said Anisha.

She also stated how the Live Love Laugh foundation started by Deepika Padukone to help those suffering from depression is helping out many there. Last year, in an interview, the Padmaavat actress said that there is constant fear of relapse. "I don't think I can say that I'm completely over it (depression). There is always a fear at the back of my mind that I might have a relapse because it has been such a bad experience for me."

On the professional front, Deepika was last seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Padmaavat. Her film with Irrfan Khan has been postponed indefinitely. At the moment, there are rumours floating of the actress getting married to beau Ranveer Singh in November this year.

Also Read: Deepika Padukone: Success Has No Bearing On Depression

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