Pokiri actress Ileana D’Cruz, who suffered depression and body dysmorphic disorder, says at one point in her life she felt suicidal. But once she accepted herself, she started feeling better.
At the 21st World Congress of Mental Health in New Delhi on Sunday, Ileana had a tete-a-tete with Organising Chairman Sunil Mittal on her struggle with depression and body dysmorphic disorder. Ileana was also awarded the Woman of Substance Award for her efforts towards raising awareness about mental health, read a statement.
She said: “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.”