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Heart Evangelista on her depression, anxiety: ‘I battled for quite some time’

Let Heart's story be a reminder for us to stay kind and compassionate to everyone—regardless of their fame or status.

According to the World Health Organization, anxiety disorders affect a great percent of the world’s population. Especially now with the current COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the country, fear and worry are crippling among the population and celebrities are far from immune to it. (Read: 3 Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health While in Quarantine)

In a recent episode of  “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho,” Heart Evangelista revealed that she has been struggling with anxiety while the country is under community quarantine. 

“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,” the actress shared. (Read: 

According to Heart, painting and dressing up—as seen in her TikTok videos—help her cope with the current situation. 

Photo from Heart Evangelista Instagram

“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,” Heart shares. 

Soho then asked the actress: “Si Heart Evangelista nag-a-anxiety attacks. Anong pinoproblema ni Heart?”

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,” Heart answered.

“When I lost my babies, I had a slight depression. This November, nag-manifest kasi siya sa katawan ko. Naging numb ‘yung mga paa ko, pati ‘yung kamay ko na pang-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,” the actress added.

Photo from Heart Evangelista Instagram

Constant Battle

The actress also revealed that she already visited seven doctors and that her medical condition is due to extreme anxiety and stress. (Read: Here’s why you feel so tired while in quarantine — and what to do with it!)

Sabi nila, ‘yung cause ng sa akin can be extreme anxiety and it manifests on your body kasi sa sobrang stress,” Heart shared.

One might think that celebrities have it all—loving fans, fame, and money, but these don’t protect them from the stress that goes along with the job. 

“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 actress explains. (Personality Test: Are you becoming ‘too sensitive’ to social media?)

Furthermore, Heart bravely admitted that she has been suffering from depression and anxiety for quite some time now. 

“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,” Heart said.  “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 added. (Read: 4 Self-Reflection Questions to Help You Shake Off Those Negative Vibes)

Heart’s Pieces of Advice

Heart with her painting, “Upended 2020,” which was sold to Art for Life. The actress donated all proceeds to support Filipino frontliners. (Photos from Heart Evangelista Instagram)

It is truly inspirational when celebrities like Heart bravely share their struggles with mental health. Their stories are a reminder for us to stay kind and compassionate to everyone—regardless of their fame of status.

In light of that, here are some pieces of advice from Heart for those who are also struggling with depression and anxiety. (Watch: Filipino doctors give tips on how to navigate the ‘new normal’)

  • 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.” 
  • “We [each] have our own cross to carry… 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 full interview below: 

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