Vassilis Papakonstantinou: “My daughter helped me overcome depression”
Vassilis Papakonstantinou, a few months ago, in an interview he granted to the magazine “Ta SOPSycha mas” published by the Association for Mental Health, did not hesitate to speak openly about the depression he went through, wanting to send his own message of support to the people who struggle with the monster of depression but at the same time to fight the stigma associated with admitting this mental illness.
Today, giving an interview to the “News” newspaper, he referred again to his battle with depression, even revealing that the 21-year-old was a valuable helper in his effort to get rid of this insidious enemy that burrows into the human soul and covers it with its black color today his daughter Nicoleta.
“Depression knocked on my door too. It’s not an easy thing at all, especially when you have people who rely on you and expect from you. Of course a percentage of this disease has to do with heredity, but most of it I believe has to do with the life you make or that makes you. Success and people’s expectations of me was something I couldn’t stand.
I believed that I could not live up to what they had in mind for me. I thought I couldn’t give what they wanted. It’s great to be applauded, admired and chanted for, but the responsibility is great – as narcissistic as that sounds. When it comes to depression, not only specialists and medicines can help you. You need support from your family. And I was lucky because I had it to a great extent. But there is one person who gave me strength and hope. She is my daughter Nicoleta, who is in her fourth year at the School of Fine Arts. It reminded me that the light of life is stronger than the darkness within us. I owe it to her. This is my salvation».
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