Nadine Lustre admits struggle with depression

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Posted at Oct 13 2017 10:55 AM

 

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MANILA - Nadine Lustre admitted on Friday that she is struggling with depression.

"It may come as a surprise to you, but I have struggled with depression way back, and still am to this day," the actress opened up in an Instagram post, which showed a bouquet of flowers. "I have days where I'm just sitting in the tub, asking myself a lot of questions, confused."

"I felt like I was just looking in someone else's life through a window. Feeling bad because I am not enough, and everything that I do and will do will never be enough. It's not easy. I have days when I have to put a mask on, smiling, numbing myself from negative emotions, too often. I have already mastered the art of hiding it, I bet you never even noticed it."

Lustre then thanked her family and friends for helping her cope with depression.

"I'm thankful that I'm blessed to have a strong heart and clear mind, family who will always be my strength, friends who will always pull me up, love who will always guide me," said Lustre, who is in a relationship with actor James Reid. 

She went on to assure those who are suffering from depression to not be ashamed of opening up to their loved ones. 

"If anyone understands and cares about what you're going through, it's them," she said, adding, "If you're heartbroken, cry it out, okay? And then stop. Pick yourself up and dust it off."

"Don't even think about hurting yourself or taking your life just because you want the pain and sadness to stop," she continued. "It's okay to be sad. It's okay to feel pain. It's okay to be vulnerable. We are made to have emotions. Don't be afraid to let it out."

"Before you do something you will regret, think about all the great things that you can do in the future, people you will meet and places you travel to, the lives you will touch." 

Read Lustre's full post below:

 

It may come as a surprise to you but I have struggled with depression way back and still am to this day. I have days where Im just sitting in the tub, asking myself a lot of questions, confused.. I felt like I was just looking in someone else's life through a window. Feeling bad cuz I am not enough and everything that I do and will do will never be enough. Its not easy. I have days when I have to put a mask on, smiling, numbing myself from negative emotions, too often I have already mastered the art of hiding it, I bet, you never even noticed it. Im thankful that Im blessed to have a strong heart and clear mind. Family who will always be my strength. Friends who will always pull me up. Love who will always guide me. if you ever hit rock bottom, dont be ashamed of opening up to your loved ones. if anyone understands and cares about what you're going through, its them. You are who/what you say you are. If you think you're weak, you will be weak. If you tell yourself you are not worthy, you will be unworthy. But, if you say you're strong, you will be strong and If you tell yourself you can do it, you can do anything. The ONLY validation that you will ever need is one from yourself. If you're HEARTBROKEN, cry it out, okay.. and then STOP. Pick yourself up and dust it off. He/She ain't the last person on earth. Trust me when I tell you that you will find someone else... meant for you and who will better you. I didn't believe that before either, but here I am now. DONT EVEN think about hurting yourself or taking your life just because you want the pain and sadness to stop. ITS OKAY to be sad. ITS OKAY to feel pain. ITS OKAY to be vulnerable. We are made to have emotions. Dont be afraid to let it out. Before you do something you will regret, think about all the great things that you can do in the future, people you will meet and places you travel to, the lives you will touch. I almost did it before and Im so thankful that I didn't do it, because If I did, I wouldn't be living the life that I have now. Stay with us because life is beautiful. #KeepGoing ;

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Depression is the most common mental health problem worldwide, and in the Philippines, figures reveal a surprisingly high number of cases among the youth.

Editor's note: 

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:

Information and Crisis Intervention Center

(02) 804-HOPE (4673)
(0917) 558-HOPE (4673) or (02) 211-4550
(0917) 852-HOPE (4673) or (02) 964-6876
(0917) 842-HOPE (4673) or (02) 964-4084
 
In Touch Crisis Lines:

(0917) 572-HOPE or (02) 211-1305
(02) 893-7606 (24/7)
(02) 893-7603 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
(0917) 800-1123 or (02) 506-7314
(0922) 893-8944 or (02) 346-8776