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Nora Tschirner: “How I deal with the subject of depression

Actress Nora Tschirner doesn’t want to be “Everybody’s Darling” or rake in money. Does she fear that her open approach to the subject of depression could have a negative impact on her career?

In March 2019, Nora Tschirner spoke for the first time in a podcast über depression. Last month, she told in an interview with the "Süddeutsche Zeitung magazine" openly about her symptoms, her first therapy and her "low point" ten years ago. To talk about it, she feels as "social market research", Tschirner now told the "tz". It was important to find out how the public dealt with it and what needed to change.

Actress Nora Tschirner ("Keinohrhasen", "Tatort") says she is not afraid that Äußerungen über ihre Depressionen Auswirkungen auf ihre Karriere könnten haben.

Professionally "broadly positioned"

"My value system does not include raking in money, making a career and being everybody’s darling", the Berlin-born actress said in an interview with the newspaper "tz". If she could no longer make films, she would still be professionally "broad enough to be able to do other things", said the 39-year-old. "Of course, that is an absolute privilege."

"Madness in Tüten"

"A lot has happened in recent years, but only fünf percent of what needs to happen", Tschirner said. Often, sufferers still don’t do therapy. Not because they don’t want to, but because they know they have health insurance, they are in the system and can fall through the cracks. There is still a lot of madness going on;

She advises young actors in a similar situation to think carefully about whether they want to make their illness public. "That can be done by people who are more secure." In any case, those affected should take their illness seriously and ask for help.

With material from dpa