Ryan Agoncillo speaks up after Joey de Leon’s comments on depression

Ryan Agoncillo was among the people in the background when Joey de Leon said that depression was “in people’s heads” on the noontime show Eat Bulaga.

De Leon insisted that depression was just in the minds of people, “gawa-gawa lang nila iyon.”

Of course, depression wasn’t just make-believe. It’s real.

Ryan Agoncillo knew “how real depression is.” The actor took to Instagram to voice out his thoughts on the matter.

Agoncillo wrote:

“Like you, I’m all too aware of how real depression is. Having had to deal with it for a long time now, having lost friends, heroes and even myself to its depths, i know when it rears it’s ugly head, signs aren’t instant but more like quicksand. I know it cuts across the board, it knows no age, gender, religion, civil or economic status.”

Good morning. I hope all is well with you and your family. Like you, I’m all too aware of how real depression is. Having had to deal with it for a long time now, having lost friends, heroes and even myself to its depths, i know when it rears it’s ugly head, signs aren’t instant but more like quicksand. I know it cuts across the board, it knows no age, gender, religion, civil or economic status. what unfolded yesterday was a very painful and familiar exchange. I’ve heard it at the dinner table, in the car on the way to school and at the office cafeteria, everywhere. the ferocity with which the reaction was released was what made me pay close attention though. instead of the tv instincts kicking in for a quick draw reaction, i knew i had to remain quiet and not add to the noise. because it is this very noise that pushes the quiet ones further into a corner. it is good we have this avenue for expression, let’s continue to do so. it is healthier, thank you for this. mahigpit na yakap para sa iyo at sa mga tahimik.

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“What unfolded yesterday was a very painful and familiar exchange. I’ve heard it at the dinner table, in the car on the way to school and at the office cafeteria, everywhere.”

“Instead of the TV instincts kicking in for a quick draw reaction, i knew i had to remain quiet and not add to the noise. Because it is this very noise that pushes the quiet ones further into a corner.”

“It is good we have this avenue for expression, let’s continue to do so. It is healthier, thank you for this. mahigpit na yakap para sa iyo at sa mga tahimik,” he ended.

SEE ALSO: Joey de Leon made incredibly dangerous comments about depression on national television

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