During Show, Filipino TV Host Dismisses Depression as ‘Something Made Up’ by the Sufferer

“Yung depression gawa-gawa lang ‘yan… Gawa nila sa sarili nila (Depression is just made up.) ,” this, according to a Filipino TV-host during a broadcast of a local Philippine noontime show, “Eat Bulaga”.

Joey De Leon, along with some his co-hosts who agreed with him, claimed that depression is only made up by the person suffering from it, and that we should not ‘support it’.

The segment, named “Sugod Bahay” (Rush to a Home), involves hosts of the show to visit viewers’ homes, after the name of an occupant of the home — the contestant — is drawn randomly as the winner, from a lot of entries previously sent in by the contestant.  Prizes are presented to the winner during the segment.

That day’s winner was a certain Maria Cristina, who was shown in the broadcast with her mother whom she described is suffering from depression.  Upon hearing this back at the studio,  De Leon reacted dismissively:

‘Yung depression gawa-gawa lang ‘yan… Gawa nila sa sarili nila (Depression , that is just made up.),” he said.

A male co-host, Jose Manalo agreed,  “Oo, dinedepress lang nila ang sarili niyo tapos nagkakasakit. Kaya nga yung stress, diyan nag-uumpisa yun (Yes, you just convince yourself that you’re depressed and then you will get sick. It starts with stress).”

Another male co-host, Wally Bayola asked Maria Cristina’s mother, “‘Di naman kayo nadedepress? (Are you not depressed?)”

‘Di ho (No),” the woman replied.

Imbento pala ng doktor pala (See, it was just made up by the doctor),”  Bayola exclaimed.

Meanwhile, female co-host Mendoza chimed in. “Uy pero hindi biro yan ha. Siyempre maraming nakakaranas ng ganun lalo na sa mga kabataan kaya dapat pag may nakakaranas ng ganun, kailangan natin bigyan natin ng suporta (Hey, that is not something to joke about.  Of course many experience it, especially the youth, that is why we should give them support).

However, De Leon said, “Huwag n’yo suportahan. Gawa-gawa lang nila iyon…Nagpapasosyal lang (Don’t support them. It’s just made up… They’re just trying to act like a socialite.).

“‘Pag mayaman, depression. ‘Pag mahirap, wala, wala nang pag-asa sa buhay mo (When you have money, it’s depression. If you’re poor, you’re life is hopeless)!” as the studio audience laughed.

What is Depression?

According the National Institute of Mental Health’s website: “Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. To be diagnosed with depression, the symptoms must be present for at least two weeks.”

Some of the symptoms are:

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood
  • Feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of guilt

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