Bollywood actor Aamir Khan’s daughter Ira Khan has revealed that she has been diagnosed with clinical depression and that she has been battling mental health issues for over four years now.
On ‘World Mental Health Day’ (October 10), Ira Khan talked about mental health awareness and her own struggles with depression. She had captioned her video message on Instagram, “A lot has been going on, a lot of people have a lot to say. Things are really confusing and stressful and simple and okay but not okay and… life all together. There’s no way to say it all in one go. But I’d like to think I’ve figured some stuff out, or at least figured out how to make it slightly more understandable. About mental health and mental ill-health. So come with me on this journey… in my awkward, quirky, sometimes-baby-voice-y, as-honest-as-I-can-be… way. Let’s start a conversation. Happy World Mental Health Day.” Ira shared in the video, “Hi I am depressed I have been for more than four years now. I’ve been to a doctor and I’m clinically depressed. I’m doing much better now. For over a year now, I wanted to do something for mental health, but I wasn’t sure what to do. So, I have decided to take you on a journey, my journey, and see what happens. Hopefully, we will get to know ourselves slightly better, understand mental illness better.”
“Let’s start from where I started. What do I have to be depressed about? Who am I to be depressed? I have everything, right?” she further added. Several celebrities, especially Deepika Padukone, have opened up about their struggles with mental health issues in the past couple of years. The debate around depression and mental illness was set in motion yet again when Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput died by suicide on June 14.