After facing the brunt of countrywide jokes and extreme backlash after her ill-informed comments amount mental illnesses in a morning show recently, actress Urwa Hocane has finally addressed the situation and opened up about her own struggle with depression.
The Punjab Nahi Jaungy actress had landed herself in hot waters after she appeared on Nida Yasir’s morning show, where she alluded that ‘mental diseases’ and ‘depression’ were all a direct cause of what you put inside your body. After the interview aired, the stream of mockery was incessant, with countless memes and posts about the two sisters, and many people called Urwa out specifically for misusing her platform and propagating uninformed messages.
In a post made last night, she decided to clear all the misconceptions around her words. “I decided to never announce it but I have suffered depression for a couple of years,” she said, and also mentioned how the process of recovery is perpetual so “I would NEVER ever be insensitive to its existence & causes,” and rightly so.
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I decided to never announce it but I have suffered depression for a couple of years, the process of recovery is perpetual therefore I would NEVER ever be insensitive to its existence & causes. I find it hard to say more than this because of the extensive scrutiny on every word I’ll now utter but I will be brave. I emphasised on the “right food” because it has been an integral part of my healing process, helped me survive & recover ofcourse along with the Love & support of the people around me. The implication “ Processed Food is the “only” cause of Depression “ was not at all our intention but to bring attention to the vital role food plays. I was misunderstood despite my good intention. I have never been great at explaining my feelings in words and I do realise that therefore I keep away from interviews as much as I can . I am grateful that many of you understood what we attempted to do/say . I only hope that what we are put through post-interview doesn’t discourage the people in position from speaking about what matters to the best of their knowledge in future. I am no expert on mental health but I will always try to offer as much as I know if it can even help a single soul. Lastly, let us be humans with our imperfections, flaws & mistakes. Don’t put us on pedestals so high that we are unable to touch each other’s hearts. Let’s try be more kind & more tolerant as a society. Love, Urwa
“I emphasized on the right food because it has been an integral part of my healing process, helped me survive & recover of course along with the love & support of the people around me,” she continued.
She went on to explain her side, “The implication that processed food is the only cause of depression was not at all our intention but to bring attention to the vital role food plays. I was misunderstood despite my good intention.”
She also urged the society to be more tolerant and accepting of each others flaws and mistakes, which is definitely a message we can get behind! Kudos to her for being so strong and having the courage to come out with her struggle and also address the situation maturely.