The Secret Superstar and Dangal actress, 17-year-old Zaira Wasim in an Instagram post decided to share her struggle with depression. The actress said that she was often told she was too young to be depressed and her 'it was just a phase'. She discusses her routine to taking anti-depressants and nervous breakdowns for four and a half years, in this heartbreaking post.
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Her struggle, including the lack of support from people who judged her, only made her stronger. As someone who has been fighting anxiety since the age of 15, her post normalizes my mental illness, aiding in the process of acceptance.
With Bollywood is coming out to talk about mental illness in a serious light, actresses like Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, Zaira Wasim, and Ileana D'Cruz are making a conscious effort to open the floor for discussion.