Ileana D’Cruz who suffered from depression and body dysmorphic order has revealed that she once had suicidal thoughts and wanted to end her life at that point. Speaking at the 21st World Congress of Mental Health, Ileana 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.”
Ileana further added: “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.”
Ileana had a conversation with Organising Chairman Sunil Mittal and was also awarded the Woman of Substance Award for her efforts towards raising awareness about mental health.
Ileana was quoted as saying, “Depression 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.”
“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.”