Karan Johar opens up on how trolls affect his mental health: I feel like just leave my kids out of it

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Filmmaker Karan Johar is known for his vivacious personality and the fun-loving aura he radiates. Even though he is one of the most successful people in his field, he has been the subject of much criticism and hatred online. While he puts a strong demeanour outside, from the inside, even he faces difficulties in dealing with such situations. And on the latest episode of Koffee With Karan 7, the filmmaker opened up about trolls and his mental health issues.

 

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When Karan Johar was asked how do trolls affect his mental health, he responded, “I actually built some kind of thick skin over the years. Honestly, it doesn’t bother me the way people think it should bother me. When I read stuff that is completely putrid, awful, they come down to abusing even like my kids, I mean those are times where actually I feel like, F***, just leave them out of it. You can say what you want about me, my sexuality, all the conspiracy theories they have, and really down and dirty but it doesn’t bother me.”

 

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He even spoke about going through therapy to deal with his issues. He shared, It’s not that I haven’t been in therapy and I haven’t had issues in the past. There was an anxiety issue that I combatted about five years ago, that was a time that I really opened up when I spoke to my doctor. She was my psychologist and she said you’re brushing everything so deep within that you actually think that you’re dealing with it and you have a thick skin but actually you’re shoving it into a dark deep area and that’s all going to pop up at some time. So, she said you shouldn’t and then I started kind of at least talking about this fact to people, because I wasn’t even telling people that I was in therapy and that I was going through an issue of anxiety for 3-4 years.”

 

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Karan insisted that opening up to a professional helped him get better. He said, Post that phase, when I weaned my medication off, that’s when I realised I’m feeling much better now because I was actually speaking to my close ones about the fact that it had really got to me in some way. I think every issue of whether it’s anxiety or depression, it’s spiraling from somewhere right?  Like maybe I’m thinking it’s because of a broken heart but actually, it’s also because of ABC reason. So, now I just feel like I talk about it much more and it sucks at times.”

 

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The filmmaker has given love and happiness to millions of people around the world through his films, and it feels empowering to see him open up about his mental health issues. Here’s wishing him more power and strength.

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