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As Pratyusha Banerjee's suicide brings the focus on the glamour world, its denizens refuse to buy the story that depression exists only in their profession. Here's what they have to say on the issue...
Optimism is a way of life and should always be. Everyone goes through ups and downs. Besides, name, fame and money is always transient, but peace and happiness will always stay with you if you surround yourself with people who matter and value you. Your family counts the most. The right support system will enable you to maintain your sanity. Tough times never lasts, but tough people do. One must keep patience and believe in oneself. Self-confidence and assurance is a must. I have had my lows, but always had my support system in place. Career is important part of life, but you it's not everything. Finding a balance between your personal and professional life is mandatory.
Depression is for real. I'm not sure if it's rampant only in glamour world; it might be true of any field that has high levels of stress. In our industry, it can be attributed to various factors - right from being in the public eye and under scrutiny all the time, chaotic schedules, stressful working hours, bad eating habits and less sleep. Ours is a very lonely job, where our interaction with reality or society is limited. Youngsters in the industry seem to consume more energy in aspiring than in working towards achieving it. To top it all, the media is quite scary today and even more scary is the reaction of some from the fraternity. I love my profession, but I keep my head on my shoulders and stay focused. I enjoy all of it. Ups and downs don't matter to me. What is more important is waking up every day in the morning and going to work. My family is my strength. I am also blessed with some amazing friends; they are my world.
I don't think I am the right person to comment on this, but depression is mostly a result of what we are going through at work or in our personal lives. If the feeling of not being good enough or worthlessness persists for a long time, then we give it the name of depression. This feeling prevails, more or less, everywhere in this world. But since we look up to celebrities, we feel it’s more common in the glamour industry and people like to make stories and theories out of it. I know that if I feel sad, there is always a reason behind it, I try to solve it or look for alternatives. I don't blame anyone for anything, and if I ever fail, I know it's not the end - be it work, relationships or any loss. Life is too short, so I live the way I want it.
Depression is a reality. Even the Ambani’s are not immune to it. Depression is universal. It’s just that the issues faced by glamorous people are highlighted more. Farmers die, but it does not become national news. On the day India was playing again West Indies, a bridge in Kolkata collapsed, but people were only interested in the match. I've also been at point, when I didn't know what to do in life. At that time, my family was my permanent support. Our parents do so much for our life. People must keep their support system intact.
Depression is a reality, especially since our work profile is unstable. One day, you're a star, and the next day, a nobody. The graph of an actor keeps changing from time to time. And sometimes they sacrifice a lot to get into the industry that depression is bound to set in when things don't work out. An actor should come prepared into this industry, and should have an alternate work option. If you are suffering from depression, one should visit a psychiatrist, counseling can help sometimes. Besides, people should also learn to recognize the symptoms in a friend, instead of leaving them alone. I faced depression when my dad passed away, but I fought back and talked to my mom. Talking it out makes you feel better. You should also develop a goal or interest and make things work out.
Depression is a reality. Everyone has mood swings, so having a right set of friends or support system is important. I do have close friends who I can bank on. It’s true that the emotional baggage is more courtesy name, fame and money, but people from all walks of life can feel depressed. One must always maintain optimism and focus on what we have. One shouldn't forget it is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice.
Depression exists everywhere. It’s a normal thing. It's an issue if the degree increases beyond a point. Since the entertainment industry brings with it the baggage of name, fame and money, people tend to get carried away by it. Besides, right friends are not easy to get. And since the glamour industry is not an easy industry to survive in, we find ourselves in vulnerable situations. We shouldn’t forget our roots. I haven't faced depression as I keep myself busy - professionally with my work and personally, by gymming; it keeps me happy and sorted. One must always be positive.
Depression is a stark reality. When we don't get what we want or when expectations don't match reality, depression sets in. One must have close emotional bonds with one or two people, who love you unconditionally. There should be someone with whom you can be yourself. I have experienced depression; it's normal. It becomes an issue when we are in denial. If you express what you feel, the pain won’t stay. But one must also stay positive. Depression seems prevalent in the glamour industry, because it is in the limelight. Depression exists in all fields.
Depression is a reality, but it's unfair to assume that it happens only in the glamour world. It's a complex mental state and multiple reasons contribute to it. It's just that actors get written about, so it seems as if most actors are going through depression. I have always believed that one needs to focus on life as a whole. Our work, health, relationships, financial status are a part of our life, but not our entire life. I am no expert on the subject, but I have always kept my brain busy with new creative endeavors. Hardly leaving any room for negativity.
No problem in life is bigger than life. Surround yourself with positive people. There's a difference of people who know you completely and people, who know you because of your work. Keep those people close to you who value you. Glamour world is always targeted and painted as a place where depression is rampant because people are public figure. Suicides happen outside this profession also. I don't understand the word, 'Depression'. I focus on my work and don't take success and failure too seriously. It's a 'part' of life and not life itself. I am thankful to God for what he has given to me.
Depression is a reality irrespective of the profession. Emotional attachments, broken relationships and a failing career often leads to disappointment and frustration. Glamour industry is targetted only because our lives are too public. The entertainment world is vulnerable to it as it's high on insecurities. I have experienced depression, in fact everyone has experienced depression at some point of time in their life. Suicide is surely not a solution. One must have the right set of friends, where you can honestly share everything. I have my set of people who keep me grounded and positive.
Depression is a reality in today's world and in our industry yes it is very much there. Nowadays we seen many such incidents like Pratyusha Banerjee who was a friend to me. Also Jiah Khan who did the same out of depression. I tell all my friends to chill out take life easy. It's insecure to be in this industry but with good company whokeep motivating us and give positive vibes. Happiness is again very important and it's important to be away from toxic relationships and toxic people. We have to be very content and have to strong and fight against depression. I also had ups and downs in life when it comes to relationship, which was very public and made headlines. Now it's over andI feel better and I am grown more strong and mature as a person . I have decided to be with people who make me feel happy. If I get stressed with someone I run away. If I feel depressed I got out with friends, chill out, read good books and travel.
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