Well-known Greeks who spoke openly about their "battle" with depression
Konstantinos Markoulakis, Katia Dandoulaki, Maria Kitsou and others went against the stereotypes and described the dark days of their lives
Until a few years ago to admit that you have depression, let alone talk openly about her, it was something like a taboo. Not so much from the one who gave his own "battle" to escape from depression, as from the others who treated you simply as sick, sometimes as. Crazy.
The years go by and today you talk openly about issues mental health it is not taboo, nor do you have the same strange treatment of the past. But the patient himself now feels comfortable to turn to for help, but also to talk about depression.
And there are many celebrities from all over the world who have talked about their own "battle": about the dark days of depression, about how they managed to escape from it, while citing their own case as an example. their message to those in the same position.
The "TV man" is perhaps the most typical example, after he fought the "monster" of depression and after he managed to emerge victorious from it, he started an information campaign on mental health issues. He wrote a book, "The monster and I" which was transferred to the theater, while he often gives seminars to the audience talking about his personal experience.
In fact, as he has described, he went through depression during the period when he was experiencing absolute success professionally.
"When everyone thought I was an omnipotent news director, I locked myself in a room and could not see the light. I did not enjoy a success I had on TV. I suffered. I dedicate a large part of my life to people who have a problem with depression, I want to help. "It is an insidious disease," he said Stamatis Malelis some point.
The famous actress never hid how she passed Postpartum Depression. In fact, several times she has spoken openly about that difficult period she went through and what she was going through difficult times, while she had just become a mother.
As described in interviews by Maria Korinthiou, there were times when she thought her life was over. They were all to blame and she cried constantly.
In a recent TV meeting she had with her husband Giannis Aivazis, on the ERT show "Meeting Point", the actress had confessed to her about the period of postpartum depression: "I definitely considered myself a little responsible. It was my fault that you got into this process. "Everything you went through with postpartum depression and your job after it took you back, for a long time I felt that I was responsible."
The beloved actress emphasizes at every opportunity that "depression is not taboo and that when one realizes and realizes this condition, only then will he be able to gain acceptance and then its cure".
She, after all, knows first hand what it is like to go through depression and you feel what it is like to have no appetite for life and just want to see the ceiling of your room. As has been confessed, the loss of Marios Ploritis' husband and the fact that she did not mourn him, seven years later brought her face to face with depression.
I postponed the mourning, I said "we do not think about that, it does not exist because I have to go to the show". To go on stage, I can not think that I will go home and there will be no Marios, so I have to get out of myself, it does not exist. So we make a shift and sadness, pain and dissolution come in a delayed way. "The fact that I did not mourn my husband threw me into depression seven years later", the actress had confessed.
Η Katia Dandoulaki has also described what that dark period of her life was like: “I woke up, I was spinning, and I thought my bed was one kilometer away from the door. As if the engine was off. I could not get up and go to the door. This is a sign that you have exceeded the limits. While I had many άν bells, but I said no I have to do this, I have to be on time, not sleep, I have to, I have to. "I must have come to this with a lot and then the overwork brought depression."
"I wanted to be in my bed and look at the ceiling, so that no one would talk to me. I was told that the theater was full and I was shivering. I was getting wet, how would I deal with the world. "As soon as I felt that I was looking at the ceiling and I did not want to do anything, I did not want to go to the theater, I did not want to be talked to, I immediately went to a doctor, to a psychiatrist", he has also stated.
And the famous actor has spoken openly about his own "battle" with depression. When he was invited to "Enopios Enopio" he had stated, among other things:
"I did not reach the limits of depression, I was depressed. As I should have done, I consulted experts and took medication, and as I urge people to do the same. In Greece there are a number of taboos, including a very thick taboo on mental health, which very often leads us to hear stories that 17-year-old children during the national exams jump from balconies because they can not withstand the pressure. "For me then there were many defeats, one on top of the other."
He had added: "This happened during the crisis, all this time, with two or three blows coming out of the center of gravity and collapsing. Juggerman was from a young age, of course, it is not pleasant in your face to reflect a whole thing that does not succeed. Together was also the Chora theater and the problems that existed, together was my separation, it was a series of small deaths. That, then, threw me…. I decided that I should talk about it, precisely because in Greece we have this taboo… ".
Her own case has also spoken openly Eleni Randou, who has admitted that she went into depression at 40. Also, when she was invited to the show "Midnight" had revealed that Vassilis Papakonstantinou has been educated for many years with depression.
"Vassilis has been educated for many years with depression. Ever since I met him, I think he's better now. When I met him he flirted and with what dark thoughts. He wanted me to call him every quarter so that I might get something. "When he could not find me, he would take me to all the hospitals to see if I was well," he said.
"At 40, I started to feel depressed. I suffered the biggest shock. "Very dark thoughts started, panic attacks, a strange conflict started inside me" he had added.
"Lenio" from the Wild Bees also had her own difficult experience with depression. A few months ago he had revealed that suffers from depression and anxiety disorder.
"I was diagnosed at the age of 17 and since then I have been struggling to deal with them with medication and psychotherapy. But, fortunately, I have people next to me who love me, understand me and support me. Also, in an empathy test that my doctor did for me, I hit… red. How can I not be depressed when I put so much in the "shoes" of others? If you tell me something sad about you, I will experience it to the core! "It can break me up," he had confessed.
Η Maria Kitsou in an interview with Enopios Enopio she had explained why she decided to speak openly about her own experience.
"I made the decision very consciously to talk about it, which is very difficult. That is, even talking about it is very difficult. But it is fought, there are ways to get rid of it, to get out of it and that is why I did it, to give an example that it is not taboo. Children can talk to their families, women can talk to their partner, men to their wives, friends to friends. Asking for help is nothing. "They will just lose a lot of weight and they will get well", he had said characteristically
After all, everyone's message is: Depression is defeated!