Mahira Khan’s Shocking Confession: Battling Mental Health Struggles Amid Bollywood Backlash!!
In a recent interview, renowned Pakistani actress Mahira Khan candidly shared her battle with mental health issues, discussing her diagnosis of manic depression. The tumultuous period was triggered by her foray into Bollywood with the film Raees alongside Shah Rukh Khan and the subsequent backlash over viral images of her with actor Ranbir Kapoor:
Impact of Bollywood Debut: A Hard Time for Mahira
Mahira Khan’s entry into Bollywood marked a turning point in her life, particularly with the release of “Raees.” However, the attention brought about by her Bollywood debut was not all positive. The actress faced significant backlash, intensified by the circulation of photos showing her smoking alongside Ranbir Kapoor.
This negativity profoundly affected her mental well-being. Recalling the challenging period, Mahira Khan revealed that the online backlash unearthed deep-seated anxiety and depression within her. She expressed feeling attacked by the constant barrage of mean tweets and comments, particularly from Indian channels.
Mahira said, “That (backlash) brought out the anxiety and depression hidden inside me. That was a hard time for me. I felt attacked. The constant backlash… You are getting mean tweets and comments on their channels (Indian channels). That was a time my faith broke, and I developed severe anxiety to the point that one day I had a panic attack and fainted. That was the first time I went to therapy. But that didn’t work out, as I went to several therapists… that year was rough… I couldn’t sleep. My hands used to shake.”
The toll of this experience led to severe anxiety and panic attacks, to the extent that she fainted. Seeking help, she turned to therapy, although initial attempts proved less successful. Mahira Khan’s challenges extended beyond the sphere of her personal struggles:
Pakistani actress Mahira Khan has made a brave revelation about her battle with manic depression following the leak of smoking pictures with Ranbir Kapoor. The actress, known for her candidness, shared how the incident triggered a profound emotional struggle within her, leading… pic.twitter.com/m7mHNssZsw
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The aftermath of the 2016 Uri attack, which led to the banning of Pakistani actors from working in Bollywood, added another layer of complexity to her career. She recounted receiving threatening calls and tweets, a disturbing consequence of the political turmoil between India and Pakistan.
Amid the uncertainties, Mahira Khan’s hope remained steadfast. Despite the challenges, she longed for the release of Raees in Pakistan, knowing the film’s connection to Shah Rukh Khan would draw audiences. While circumstances prevented her from promoting the movie in India, her primary concern was its reception in her home country.
Fans still love her beyond all that happens:
mahira khan till this day gets hate for just smoking a cig with ranbir kapoor https://t.co/zARFGsxj8C
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Coping with Depression
She revealed that she has been on anti-depressants for six to seven years:
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Last year too, her condition deteriorated; she refers to it as her “lowest point.” However, she was determined not to lose the battle, knowing she had to “work through it.” The combination of medication and unwavering support from her loved ones has played a crucial role in her remarkable progress.
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Understanding What is Manic Depression
Mahira Khan’s disclosure serves as a poignant reminder that untreated mental health issues should never be ignored. Seeking treatment is essential; leaving these struggles in the shadows only exacerbates wounds and impedes the path to a joyful life. With that in mind, here’s a comprehensive exploration of manic depression.
Unraveling the Symptoms of Bipolar Disorder
The symptoms of bipolar disorder, or manic depression, manifest differently based on the specific type affecting an individual. According to esteemed health authorities, recognizing three or more of the subsequent signs might indicate the presence of this condition:
- Intense restlessness or heightened mood
- Exaggerated sense of well-being (euphoria)
- Increased energy or agitation
- Disrupted sleep patterns
- Rapid and uncontrollable thoughts
- Difficulty maintaining focus
- Heightened talkativeness
- Impaired decision-making
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Upcoming Ventures and Netflix Original
Mahira Khan continues to make her mark in the entertainment industry. She is set to headline Netflix’s first Pakistan-themed original series, an adaptation of Farhat Ishtiaq’s bestselling novel. The story revolves around Sikandar and Liza, exploring themes of personal growth and overcoming adversity.
Mahira Khan’s journey reflects her resilience in the face of personal and professional challenges. Her candid disclosure about mental health struggles and the toll of negative attention sheds light on the human side of fame and showcases her determination to overcome obstacles.
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