Actor Affan Waheed, who received great reviews for his character in the recently concluded drama serial, Do Bol, alongside Hira Mani, opened up about his struggle with depression and how his divorce was a very difficult time for him in a recent interview with Samina Peerzada.
This was the first time Affan spoke up about his struggles and how it affected his personal and professional life.
After being married for a year, the actor got divorced and according to Affan, he thought his life would end. “I used to lock my door and howl, go out for drives and cry out loud,” he revealed. “I was so depressed that I was unable to understand what was happening to me. I suffered from extreme hair loss; I denied work for almost nine months.”
Talking about how he managed to overcome depression, the Do Bol actor shared that it was his friends and family that helped him deal with the issue. “I am very grateful to my friends and family. My elder brother’s towering support helped me through it. I am hesitant to cry in front of people but during that phase of my life, I cried in front of almost every one close to me. My life came to a standstill,” he added.
The actor further went on to say, “When I finally got divorced and snapped out of it, I clearly remember the feeling of happiness; it felt as if somebody actually painted colours in a black and white picture. It was a bad divorce.”
According to Affan, his traumatic experience has taught him that everything in life is temporary. “We should not dwell over the past but just keep on living. It helped me become more compassionate and empathetic,” he said, urging those who are suffering from depression to not ignore their mental health and consult a doctor as soon as possible.