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Agot Isidro sees a shrink–so what?

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“I go to a psychiatrist,” confessed actress Agot Isidro, who plays a person afflicted with the mental illness schizophrenia in her latest film project.

The actress said people should not be afraid to seek psychiatric help. “It’s just like seeing your ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor or cardiologist.”

“I’ve been very vocal about [psychotherapy]. One shouldn’t be ashamed to admit that one needs help,” Isidro told the Inquirer during a visit to the set of the Alvin Yapan drama film “Anino ng Kahapon” at Veteran Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City.

Erase stigma
Isidro hopes the movie can help erase the stigma of mental disorder. “Schizophrenia should be treated like any other disease—diabetes, for example—except that this happens inside a person’s head. He hears voices and sees things that others don’t see. To him, these are valid. People should understand that.”

“Anino ng Kahapon” is about a family dealing with the challenges of a member afflicted with schizophrenia. When Ed (TJ Trinidad) flies to the Middle East to work, he leaves behind Irene (Isidro) and their young son Brian (Carl Acosta) in the care of his brother Carlo (Carlo Cruz) and mother Flor (Upeng Galang). Ed’s departure triggers Irene’s condition.

 

Difficult scene

AGOT Isidro hopes the public will understand mental illness. Rodel Rotoni

“The [test] is to portray the character as honestly and as truthfully as possible, without going overboard or appearing like you’re crazy,” Isidro explained. “There’s this really difficult scene … the people around me were worried because I couldn’t stop shaking and sobbing afterwards.”

Award-winning director Yapan (“Ang Panggagahasa Kay Fe,” “Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang  Kaliwang Paa”) said the goal of the film was to educate people about schizophrenia as an illness that was manageable and if detected early enough, treatable. To learn more about it, Yapan and his production team visited National Center for Mental Health in Mandaluyong City.

“We spoke with the hospital director, who said that as much as he wanted to improve the lives of the patients there, he could do only so much with the limited budget coming from the government,” Yapan said.

He discovered that mental disorders were not covered by government-owned Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) and that support for facilities for mental health treatment was not among the government’s priorities.

DIRECTOR Alvin Yapan (right) on the set of “Anino ng Kahapon.” Rodel Rotoni

Trinidad was part of the team that visited the hospital. He related, “I didn’t know beforehand that there was no cure for the illness—that was the sad truth. But I also learned that if schizophrenia is detected early, before a patient totally loses himself, doctors can still make him a functioning human being who may even be able to contribute to the community.”

 

National level

Isidro said the cast members watched videos of actual schizophrenic patients being interviewed, as well as their families and the doctors conducting the treatment.

Yapan said that, as much as the film centers on Irene’s illness, it also tackles the schizophrenia of a nation. He explained: “Irene meets rebels from during the time of martial law. They’ve come back to seek help from her. The film is also a commentary on the reaction of Filipinos whenever asked who among the past Philippine presidents they want to return to power. ”

“Anino ng Kahapon” was written by Yapan, with Alemberg Ang as producer and Gay Ace Domingo as associate producer. It will be released commercially in time for Mental Health Month in October.


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  • superpilipinas

    going to shrink generally improves a person psychologically……its very costly to go to a good one though.

    Going once or twice from time to time is one thing but going regularly for a long period means something really needs fixing.

  • DIGOYBULOY

    May tililing pala itong si agot

    • sanjuan683

      hehehe Unggoy ka sa pelikula lang yun hina naman ng mental mo.

      • dodong1

        siya ang dapat mag seek na help sa mental..ha hah a

      • DIGOYBULOY

        anong pelikula lang.. sinabi nga niya “I go to a psychiatrist”.. OGAG! first sentence nga yan, di mo pa naintindihan LOL

    • Essie Atienza

      wow. way to miss the point.

    • kalikasanipagtanggol

      Isa ka sa gusto tulungan ni agot na alisin ang stigma sa mga taong may mental disability! Walang pinag-iba yan sa mga taong physically challenged…….dapat pumunta ka din sa psychologist para matulungan ka alisin ang pagka stereotyping mo!

    • tadasolo

      people like you do not have a place in a decent and caring society.

  • RiverHorse

    now, if only gays and lesbians would follow suit… WALANG PROBLEMA ANG BUONG MUNDO. ahahahahaha!

    • fuctore

      Dapat Ikaw mauna
      Mas kailangan mo kasi
      PARA EVIL FREE ANG BUONG UNIVERSE.
      Bwahahahahahaha!!

      • RiverHorse

        tingnan mo nga naman ‘no?! bato-bato sa langit ang tinamaan, umaray! ahahahaha. sabi ng analyst ko, i only HAVE VERY LOW TOLERANCE TO BULLSh!T and A-HOLES. so, your turn.

      • pangitbudhiko

        you are exactly right, I am on the same boat with you, look at these “”nakatutok”" observed how I respond to his stupidity, I will not let this guy go without a scratch or a fight. . Just do it!!!

      • nakatutok

        ” FIGTHING’…words again from a tubero///( bisaklat spelling courtesy of pangiutbudhiko )

      • pangitbudhiko

        ito yung sulay mo sa itaas,

        “”"FIGTHING’…words again from a tubero///( bisaklat spelling copurtesy pf pangiutbudhiko )”"”"”
        ano nga yun “”"”"copurtesy”"”"” wow perpekto . putangina mo at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo.

      • nakatutok

        naduduling ka na tatang..balikan mo yung comment at basahin mabuti…ikaw ano yang “SULAY mo sa itaas’???

      • nakatutok

        madami pa yan..”MINUSCULE??”..CONSENTRATING”…hay nako..sasakit kamay ko sa dami ng bisaklat spelling mo…

      • nakatutok

        bakit di mo sagutin yang “FIGTHING”words?? kasi bisaklat ka dyan..katulad ng isang katerbang bisaklat mong spelling at grammar..

      • nakatutok

        ‘OBSERVED how i respond//”???

      • pangitbudhiko

        bakit hindi mo ipagtangol yung sinabi ko na you are suffering from “”"PARANOID-SCHIZOPHRENIA”"”"” and you are avoiding is like a plague all the sign and symptoms are there sa pagkatao mo, Putangina mo at kaputaputahan ka ig ina mo

      • nakatutok

        why will i dignify that figment of your imagination?? “AND YOU ARE AVOIDING IS..”???bisaklat grammar again..this one is not a figment of my imagination..it is staring me point blank…another proof of your kabopolan…

  • nakatutok

    oo nga naman..bakit si pangitbudhiko. pumupunta din sa shrink..teka..baka di niya alam kung ano yang shrink……tatang, yan yung doktor na pinupuntahan mo kasi may naririnig ka nagsasalita at bumubulong sa iyo..

    • pangitbudhiko

      you should see one, you need it, really bad, lahat ng sign ng sira ang ulo, nakikita sayo. yung paulit ulit na sulat mo focusing just on one or two words, making no sense. you really need to see a shrink. And have yourself committed sa mental hospital diyan sa Mandaluyong. If you can’t afford to be confine sa Hospital don’t worry I will pay for your hospital bills, post the bill sa forum, and I will pay with my Platinum Mastercard with CIBC. In the meantime wala ka parin binatbat, Putangina mo at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo

      • nakatutok

        ‘to be CONFINE’???……..

      • pangitbudhiko

        okay so what is your problem, consentrating on a very minuscule word, but you don’t see the bigger problem is in your head, tutoy sira ang ulo mo , magpatingin ka sa doctor diyan sa mandalayung, you need to see a doctore. Putangina mo at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo

      • nakatutok

        “MINUSCULE??? try again tatang…try again…hala google the right spelling…”MANDALAYUNG”?? where is that?? and what is a “DOCTORE”??try again..tatang..and ‘CONSENTRATING”??? again?? di pa din natuto?? bisaklat talaga??

      • pangitbudhiko

        you try again bistadong bistado ang kalidad ng iyon pagiisip, concentrating on one or two word, ano ang ibig sabihin nuon, Putangina mo, kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo.

      • nakatutok

        “two WORD”??? two is plural..entonces..dapat WORDS!!!bistado talaga ang kalidad ng grammar at spelling mo tatang tubero…

      • pangitbudhiko

        spelling is that your fetish thing, wow ang babaw ng kalidad ng utak mo, Putangina mo at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo. paranoid., putanginamo at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo

      • nakatutok

        naks ginaya mo na yang fetish word ha?? tamo may natutuhan ka sa akin..sige lang SUNOD SUNOD ka lang sa comments ko na PARANG ASO para may matutuhan ka..yung “MINUSCULE” na correct mo na??

      • pangitbudhiko

        ikaw ang dapat magkorek ng utak mo, dahil ali ang nakikita mo minuscule is correct anong dictionary ang tinitignan mo. Putangina mo at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo

      • nakatutok

        look again tatang..the correct spelling and most commonly used is MINISCULE……dont be stubborn..

      • pangitbudhiko

        try again, hindi ka perpekto , putangina mo at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo, the last laugh is on you

        mi·nus·cule [min-uh-skyool, mi-nuhs-kyool] Show IPA adjective
        1.
        very small.
        2.
        (of letters or writing) small; not capital. 3. written in such letters (opposed to majuscule

      • nakatutok

        ha ha ha..talagang nag google…..ha ha haa…

      • pangitbudhiko

        to prove to you that you are not perfect, putangina mo at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo

      • nakatutok

        Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage…” miniscule outnumbered minuscule in usage three to one…miniscule is now the common form used…”.

        Ang gumagamit na lang niyan ay mga OLD AGE PENSIONERS na tulad mo tatang

      • pangitbudhiko

        TRY AGAIN STUPID, PUTANGINA MO AS DEFINE BY WEBSTER

        Definition of MINUSCULE
        1
        : a lowercase letter
        2
        a : one of several ancient and medieval writing styles developed from cursive and having simplified and small forms
        b : a letter in this style
        Origin of MINUSCULE
        French, from Latin minusculus rather small, diminutive of minor smaller
        First Known Use: 1701
        Other Alphabet Terms
        cuneiform, linear, pictograph, rune, symbology, wedge

        2minuscule adjective ˈmi-nəs-ˌkyül
        Definition of MINUSCULE
        1
        : written in or in the size or style of minuscules
        2
        : very small
        See minuscule defined for English-language learners »
        See minuscule defined for kids »

      • nakatutok

        “as DEFINE pa din “??..kinokopya mo na lang nga bisaklat pa..

      • nakatutok

        basahin mo ulit tatang…”ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL WRITING STYLES…”ibig sabihin..LUMANG USAGE NA..OLD AGE PENSIONERS like you na lang ang gumagamit…

      • pangitbudhiko

        minuscule as define by “”"Thesaurus dictionary”"”" butata , putangina mo at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo

      • nakatutok

        “as DEFINE “???? ayusin mo grammar tatang..dali google ulit ano ang tama…

      • nakatutok

        ha h ahhaa..uto uto…ha haahhaa…matandang hukluban na uto uto pa din…

      • nakatutok

        as “DEFINE “pa din??? edit na tatang..dali..para mabawasan ang NUMEROUS PROOFS showing your kabopolan sa grammar at spelling..

      • pangitbudhiko

        looks like you have your own dictionary, igoogle mo ang define ano ang tamang spelling, putangina mo

      • nakatutok

        hindi yung meaning ang pinopoint ko..yung GRAMMAR mo..”as DEFINE”by Webster???

      • pangitbudhiko

        TRY AGAIN S T U P I D , PUTANGINA MO

        de·finedde·fin·ing

        Definition of DEFINE
        transitive verb
        1
        a : to determine or identify the essential qualities or meaning of
        b : to discover and set forth the meaning of (as a word)
        c : to create on a computer
        2
        a : to fix or mark the limits of : demarcate
        b : to make distinct, clear, or detailed especially in outline

      • nakatutok

        bopol talaga..the correct form is ..”as DEFINED…..DEFINED by Webster po DAPAT!!!! DEFINED PO>>THE PAST TENSE FORM…

      • pangitbudhiko

        THERE’S N O WORD sa spanish language ng “”"entonces”"” bugok, masiyado kang nagpapangap na maraming alam wala ka na man binatbat putangina mo

      • nakatutok

        kinokopya mo na lang bisaklat pa..basahin mo ulit tatang..wala akong sinulat na “ENTONESES”..at nag google ka na naman ano?? uto uto…

      • pangitbudhiko

        ikaw ang uto uto dahil gagamit ka ng mga salita wala naman laman, putanginamo kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo

      • nakatutok

        o ano?? ENTONESES ba ang sinulat ko??? google mo ulit kung may ENTONCES sa spanish..dali..magaling ka dyan e..mag google..wikipedia pa nga pinagmamalaki mo e..

      • nakatutok

        google ulit tatang….

      • nakatutok

        ikaw ang bugok..bisaklat ka na nga sa grammar. labo pa mata mo…you are “OFF “your mind..( spelling courtesy of pangitbudhiko )

      • nakatutok

        hay salamat umamin din..na google artist lang siya..ikaw pala nagpapanggap e…umamin ka na kasi..dati inamin mo na e..remember?? “I AM NOT GOOD IN WRITTEN ENGLISH< THAT I WILL ADMIT"..kaso bigla ka naman nagmayabang dyan?? ..titigilan na kita pag umamin ka..aminin na kasi wag na mag trying hard

      • nakatutok

        google ulit tatang…namamalik mata ka na naman..antok lang yan…himas ka na naman ng keyboard e yang asawa mo tigang na…

    • pangitbudhiko

      are you describing yourself. magpaconfine ka. and if you don’t drink your medication you are endangering the people around you. kita mo ang isda ay nahuhuli sa kanyang action and actuation. wala ka talagang binabat, putangina mo

      • nakatutok

        lucid intervals..umandar ang pag ka bipolar ni tatang…

      • pangitbudhiko

        are you describing yourself, wow salamant at inamin mo rin, Putangina mo at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo

      • nakatutok

        no im describing you..in case you cannot comprehend…

      • pangitbudhiko

        you are reaaly sick magpatingin ka sa doctor ng ulo,para ma manage yung iyon sakit na paranoid schizophrenia putangina mo at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo

      • nakatutok

        “REAALY”??? REAALY”??? are you out “OFF”" your mind? ( spelling courtesy of pangitbudhiko..)

      • nakatutok

        “SALAMANT???..bisaklat….

    • pangitbudhiko

      and here you go again out of the blue nabanggit mo ang username ko, nagpapatutuo na malala ang pagiging paranoid mo. At talagang wala kang binatbat, you really need to see a shrink quick you are a danger to yourself and to the people around you. Putangina mo at kaputaputahan ka ng ina mo.

  • tadasolo

    Good for you. I wished our political and religious leaders follow suit to improve their way of thinking including those posting here by racist and insensitive people

    • I_kabod

      tama hahaha!



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