- Singer-songwriter Ice Seguerra shares about his experiences battling depression
- Being diagnosed with depression and anxiety in the early 2000’s he explained how the mental illness affected him
- Seguerra is not the only public figure to have come forward with their struggles. Stars like Nadine Lustre, Gab Valenciano have all shared their struggles as well
Recently, singer-actor Ice Seguerra revealed that he is struggling with depression with a telling post on Instagram.
He captioned the post by sharing his diagnosis of depression and anxiety in the early 2000s and had to undergo treatment.
“I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety since the early 2000’s. Did some therapy back then but I stopped taking my meds and hindi na ako nagpakita sa doctor ko (bad move). Mula noon, I just lived with it. It’s like a cloud hovering, hindi mo alam kung kelan ka tatamaan. There are days na ok lang, kaya kong dalhin. Pero may mga araw din na gusto mo na lang matapos lahat, kasi pagod ka na,” Seguerra shared.
[I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety since the early 2000’s. Did some therapy back then but I stopped taking my meds and I never went back to my doctor (bad move). Since then, I just lived with it. It’s like a cloud hovering, you don’t know when it will hit. There are days where it’s okay and I can carry it. But there are days as well where you want everything to end because you’re tired.]
He also shared that his recent trigger happened during his retirement from being chairperson of the National Youth Commission back in August 2016. His term was supposed to be until 2019, but he resigned in March 2018.
“My latest trigger was my short stint sa government coz everything changed and it got worse when I resigned and went back to the industry I thought I knew. Suddenly, I felt like an outsider. Parang first timer na I had to navigate my way through things again.”
“I felt lost and displaced. For the longest time, I wasn’t really feeling anything. I was numb. The things that would normally make me happy or excite me, wala akong pakiramdam [I don’t feel anything]. I decided to see my doctor again when it started affecting my work and my relationship. I’m already introverted but at the height of my depression, I just wanted to be alone. Not get out of bed. No strength to get out of the room. Ayokong makakita ng tao, [I don’t want to see anyone.] If I have work, kumakanta ako pero wala akong nararamdamang kaba, lungkot o saya. Walang empathy. Walang passion. Wala. Kumanta LANG ako, [I sing but I don’t feel any nervousness, sadness, or happiness. No empathy. No passion. Nothing. I’m just singing],” he said.
But he decided to seek help when he noticed that the way he was dealing with the mental illness was affecting his relationship with his wife, Liza Diño, as well as his loved ones.
“When it started to affect my relationship with Liza and other people I love, I knew I needed professional help. Bumalik ako sa doctor ko [I went back to my doctor] early this year and I’m glad I went back to her. I’m starting to feel things again. Mas na eexcite na ako ulit about life [I’m more excited about life again.] Yes, there are moments na I feel sad but mas madalas na nakakaramdam ako ng saya [that I feel sad, but I feel happy more often.] I have a strong support group and right now, I’m just happy to feel things again,” Seguerra said.
Mental illness has come to the forefront of discussions in recent times. Seguerra isn’t also the only public figure who has shared their experiences when it came to depression and mental illness. Stars like Jessie Mendiola, Gab Valenciano, Sarah Geronimo, and Maricel Soriano have also shared their struggles with mental illness. Part of Kylie Versoza’s advocacy is mental health awareness.
A group in the Philippines is dedicated to addressing those who have suicidal tendencies. The crisis hotlines of the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation aim to make these individuals feel that someone is ready to listen to them.
These are their hotline numbers:
(02) 804-HOPE (4673)
0917 558 HOPE (4673)
2919 (toll-free number for all GLOBE and TM subscribers)