- Heart Evangelista courageously opened up about her battle with a serious mental health issue
- In an episode of "Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho", Heart shared reasons why she experiences extreme anxiety attacks
- She also revealed that because of her anxieties, doctors found out that she has Burning Tongue Syndrome
- The Kapuso actress also left some pieces of advice for those who are also battling with depression and anxiety
Heart Evangelista, in an episode of Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, courageously opened up about her battle with a serious mental health issue.
Before discussing her anxieties, the show’s host Jessica Soho asked the actress first how's life during the current lockdown.
“In the beginning siyempre I think it's quite normal for you to be a bit antsy and anxious. I mean I suffer a lot from anxiety. But you know I've been painting a lot and I've been keeping myself busy,” Heart shared.
"Yes, I'm very expressive with my painting. I still dress up. I still put accessories on. Mainly as an artist, I like to wear colors. I like to see colors, and it really helps my mood.”
Then, Jessica asked her, "Si Heart Evangelista nag-a-anxiety attacks. Anong pinoproblema ni Heart?"
Heart answered, “Dati, 'yon din 'yung tinatanong ko sa mga ibang nakikita ko. Bakit sila may pinagdadaanan na ganito? Nasa kanila na lahat. Private jet, they have buildings, pero meron silang sadness."
“When I lost my babies, I had a slight depression,” she said.
It can be recalled that Heart suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage of her twins with husband Chiz Escudero in 2018.
“This November nag-manifest kasi siya sa katawan ko. Naging numb 'yung mga paa ko, pati 'yung kamay ko na pag-paint.”
“It's called the Burning Tongue Syndrome. Basically, people just live with this condition na parang nasusunog 'yung bibig mo. Tapos minsan, kumakalat siya sa gums, and it's very painful."
“And I went to seven doctors. Sabi nila, 'yung cause ng sa akin can be extreme anxiety and it manifests on your body kasi sa sobrang stress,” Heart revealed.
“Without me knowing 'yung pressure din ng social media, 'yung pressure ng tao na kailangan lagi kang maganda, kailangan lagi kang nauuna. Although hindi naman ako super gano'n, siguro subconsciously minsan 'pag may mga nasasabi tungkol sa'yo, akala mo hindi ka naaapektuhan but then, it affects you and nagpa-pile up siya.”
The Kapuso actress bravely admitted, “So yes, nagkaroon po ako ng depression and anxiety. I battled for quite some time. It was actually right before na nag-lockdown, doon ko pa lang siya na-handle. Maybe kailangan din ng kaunting pause sa buhay and I feel I'm much better now.”
“I just had to calm down and not care first muna. I did a lot of meditation. I started to paint and eventually kumalma din.”
She then left some pieces of advice for those who are also battling depression.
"Kapag masyado nang malakas 'yung boses sa isip mo, I think it's time to go (to the doctor). Kasi sometimes, 'yung fears nandiyan lang sila. Parang nao-overpower niya na sa utak mo.”
“Kapag hindi na talaga kaya, you need to see a doctor. Hindi mo dapat itaya 'yung buhay mo dahil nahihiya ka pumunta sa doctor o nahihiya ka mag-open up about it. There is a way you can be fixed. Ask for help and don't be afraid.”
Heart furthermore added, “Porke't nakikita nila na maganda 'yung suot mo o mahal 'yung bag mo, you're living the life, feeling nila okay ka lang saktan.”
“Feeling nila prepekto 'yung buhay ko, feeling nila nasa akin na lahat. It's not. We have our own cross to carry. Kaya okay lang sa akin na pag-usapan 'yon kasi 'yun ang reality e. Nobody has a perfect life.”
“May mga sinasabi silang toxic positivity but maybe because hindi rin nila alam 'yung pinagdadaanan ng tao. Toxic or not, we still have to push for being positive. 'Yun ang hindi mabibili ng pera.”
Watch the interview below:
In a previous report by KAMI, Heart Evangelista addressed the latest pregnancy rumor about her.
Heart Evangelista is one of the most well-known celebrities in the Philippines. She has a lot of supporters because of her generosity to those who are in need. She married former Senator Chiz Escudero on February 15, 2015. Heart is known for having a soft spot for animals.