Sofia Andres braves stigma against mental health illnesses; reveals anxiety disorder

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Sofia Andres braves the stigma against mental health illnesses and reveals her own battle with anxiety disorder. "You are not your anxiety. it just takes time and effort to take control of your brain."


Inamin ng Kapamilya young actress na si Sofia Andres na mayroon siyang anxiety disorder, base sa kanyang tweets kahapon, May 30. 

Dito ay sinabi ni Sofia sa followers niya ang hindi magandang nararanasan ukol sa kanyang mental health.

Panawagan din niya, dapat pahalagahan ang mga tao sa paligid bilang support system, dahil balang araw ay baka kailanganin ang tulong ng mga ito.

Sa sumunod niyang tweet na lumabas sa parehong araw, ibinahagi ni Sofia ang pakikibaka sa anxiety at ang pagpapakonsulta niya sa isang therapist at pag-undergo ng counselling.

Pag-amin pa ni Sofia, 19, lagi siyang nababahala ukol sa lahat ng bagay, at di maiwasan ang sobrang pag-aalala.

Sa kanyang ikatlong tweet kagabi, na nai-post niya sa oras na 6:22 p.m. ngunit burado na ngayon sa kanyang timeline, sinabi ni Sofia na ang nagdaang dalawang taon sa kanyang buhay ay naging lubhang nakalalason para sa kalusugan niya sa pag-iisip.

“This is why I stopped everything and live my life. the past two years was toxic for me. very toxic.”

Sa huli, hinikayat ni Sofia ang kanyang fans na maging matapang sa kabila ng kani-kanilang pinagdadaanan.

MANAGING ANXIETY. Nag-post din si Sofia sa kanyang Instagram at nag-share ng ilang bagay na maaaring gawin upang ma-manage ang anxiety.

Aniya sa kanyang caption, "To all the survivors struggling tonight, i see you and your strength, you are not weak. i'm doing this right now because maybe at least it can help my mind to recover from worrying from thinking.

"Maybe you're crying or sobbing so hard right now and you can barely breathe. you know what? breathe! you're going to be okay. breathe, and you know you can survive.

"It's painful but you can sit with it and eventually they will pass. maybe not immediately, but sometime soon. you are not your anxiety. it just takes time and effort to take control of your brain."

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Ayon pa kay Sofia, noong una ay natatakot siyang aminin sa mga kaibigan at pamilya ang nararanasan.

Patuloy niya sa kanyang IG post, "to be honest i was real scared to tell my friends, my loved ones, and my family about the anxiety attacks i have been experiencing. everyone is an individual and everyone gets anxious, just on different levels and to different extents."

Payo pa ng aktres, "Love yourself be compassionate, give yourself time. welcome it. write about it, laugh, love and realize that you're enough."

Inilahad din ni Sofia ang pinagdaanan nitong mga nakaraang araw.

"These past few days i haven't been replying to my friends. the reason behind it is that my brain's a little messed up sometime.

"what that means in the simplest possible terms, is that a lot of time I feel very, very low. think about bad thoughts and just spend time in bed."

Payo naman niya sa mga kapwa niya nakararanas ng anxiety, "listen, there will be a good days, and there will be bad days that will almost make you feel you want to give up, but hold just hold on, please always try to hold on.

"you are not crazy, you are fine, i believe you can make it."

to all the survivors struggling tonight, i see you and your strength, you are not weak. i'm doing this right now because maybe at least it can help my mind to recover from worrying from thinking. maybe you're crying or sobbing so hard right now and you can barely breathe. you know what? breathe! you're going to be okay. breathe, and you know you can survive. it's painful but you can sit with it and eventually they will pass. maybe not immediately, but sometime soon. you are not your anxiety. it just takes time and effort to take control of your brain. it's nothing to be ashamed of, but to be honest i was real scared to tell my friends, my loved ones, and my family about the anxiety attacks i have been experiencing. everyone is an individual and everyone gets anxious, just on different levels and to different extents. love yourself be compassionate, give yourself time. welcome it. write about it, laugh, love and realize that you're enough. these past few days i haven't been replying to my friends. the reason behind it is that my brain's a little messed up sometime. what that means in the simplest possible terms, is that a lot of time I feel very, very low. think about bad thoughts and just spend time in bed. i over think things, useless things, that's so unfair right? that's a big part of why I'm trying to become a better person, to control my mind because i love the people in my life and this anxiety makes me treat them like i don't. listen there will be a good days, and there will be bad days that will almost make you feel you want to give up, but hold just hold on, please always try to hold on. you are not crazy, you are fine, i belive you can make it. no matter how hard we try to feel okay, no matter how hard we try to feel happy, no matter how hard we try to make things right, no matter how hard we try to think we are fine. let's not force it, let it process slowly. it is hard to feel the pain, it is hard not to feel okay, yes it is tiring. but these things will help you to be strong. strong enough to forgive, to understand, to love, to respect, to smile genuinely, to live the life to the fullest without hurting anybody. #huaweip20pro #SeeMore #OOO

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Matatandaang naging kaliwa’t kanan ang birada ng ilang press kay Sofia dahil sa diumano’y pagiging snobbish nito.

Ipinaliwanag naman ni Sofia sa interview niya sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) na nag-aalangan siyang batiin ang media dahil baka mapagkamalan siyang plastic at hindi sincere sa kanyang pagbati sa mga ito.


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Sinabi rin ng aktres na hindi niya kilala ang ibang press kaya naman hindi niya napapansin ang mga ito.

MESSAGE OF SUPPORT. Maraming netizens sa Twitter ang nagbigay ng payo at suporta kaugnay sa pinagdadaanang anxiety disorder ngayon ni Sofia.

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@missanniegab_, “You’re not alone in this.  I’ve also struggled with anxiety in the pst and it wasn’t easy.  Luckily, I told few of my friends/family relatives about it, and it made me feel better.  If you wanna talk about it. I’m all ears.”

@lizasoberano11, “I want to help you vent your emotions.  I am willing to listen.  Hope to make u feel ok bebe. Things will back to normal.”

@Hadassah_Marie1, “Hi @iamsofiaandres, “I also battled with Gen. Anxietty Disorder before and it really helps to see a therapist.  Dealing with it is so hard but I know you are brave to face it.  Through dealing with Anxities I also encountered the love of God through Jesus and it gave me peace.”

@i_am_Charlie_SC.  “There’s no magic theraphy.  And there’s no full proof to prevent anxiety. Fortunately, we are capable of creating our own coping mechanism.  You have to find yours.  Mine is faith and prayer.  Having that as my center.  I learned to deal with the struggles.  Hope this helps.”

@jheralietweets, “just remember you are beautiful inside and out you are loved, you are who you are and not what others think of you.”

Ayon sa National Institute of Mental Health, "Anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The feelings can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.

"There are several different types of anxiety disorders. Examples include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder."

Bagamat hindi sinabi ni Sofia ang eksaktong diagnosis ukol sa kanyang anxiety disorder, nagbigay ang NIMH ng symptoms ng social anxiety disorder.

Kabilang dito ang mga sumusunod:

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-Feeling highly anxious about being with other people and having a hard time talking to them
-Feeling very self-conscious in front of other people and worried about feeling humiliated, embarrassed, or rejected, or fearful of offending others
-Being very afraid that other people will judge them

Hindi lang si Sofia ang mayroong anxiety disorder, una nang umamin sa pagkakaroon ng ganitong kundisyon ang comedian-singer na si K Brosas.

Inilahad ni K sa kanyang YouTube channel ang paghihirap na pinagdadaanan tuwing aatake ang kanyang chronic anxiety disorder.


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