Tasha Shilla says there were many times when she was unable to sleep, or even leave the house. - NSTP/NURUL SHAFINA JEMENON

KUALA LUMPUR: Despite that ever-ready smile and all the many snippets of her exciting life shared with her 1.1 million Instagram followers, who knew that actress Tasha Shilla had been suffering from depression.

The 31-year-old artiste took to the popular social media platform yesterday to share her battle with the most common mental health illnesses which is affecting many successful people who seem to have everything going for them.

In her attempt at de-stigmatising this mood disorder, Tasha wrote about her struggles and recovery.

“I battled with depression for two years. Due to circumstances, life was just painful and very stressful (for me).

“People might see!me smiling and laughing, but to be honest it’s the pain and the emotion inside that controlled my life,” she wrote.

Tasha took to Instagram to share her experience of battling with depression. Pic source: Instagram/Tasha Shilla.

She said that she could not explain how it felt, but during that period, she was always feeling lethargic, lost and confused.

Tasha said that there were many times when she was unable to sleep, or even leave the house. She had extreme anxiety.

But as time passes by, she is now recuperating after getting treatment from a specialist.

Advising those suffering from depression to open up and share their struggles, Tasha said: “With the love and support from my family and friends, I am now able to share this with you.”

Her actions to come out in the open about her battle is admirable, but for Tasha, it’s more than just that. “I want to tell those suffering from depression that they are not alone.”