September 18 ------ Before her recent attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis, Moira Dela Torre confessed that she had always “been so hard” on herself for not keeping it together.
Dela Torre, who’s known for being open about her struggle with mental health, admitted during an interview with entertainment journalist MJ Marfori that her ADHD is something that she’s “learning” day by day. “It wasn’t what I was asking to be diagnosed with,” she said. “The notion of ADHD is being hyper, and I’m the opposite. Apparently, ADHD doesn’t just define hyper. There are a lot of other things I’m coming to terms with. Actually, I’m still learning so much.” The singer then noted that her diagnosis is the start of a “new season” to know herself better. “Honestly, I used to think na nati-trigger lang ako, but ‘yun pala may mga certain instances lang talaga na parang na-aano ka. And usually, halimbawa, may certain sounds na mawawala yung train of thought mo (Honestly, I used to think that I get triggered easily. But there are certain instances where you feel… For example, there are certain sounds that would disappear from my train of thought),” she said.
During the interview, Dela Torre also reminded her fans to seek help to help in moving forward in life. “I feel like I’ve always been so hard on myself. I always beat myself up for not having it together,” the singer said. “Even so, you can’t heal what you don’t acknowledge, and you can’t move forward if you don’t acknowledge where you are right now.”
According to the U.S. National Institute of Health, ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is defined by ongoing patterns of “inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity” which interferes with one’s development.
The “Tadhana” hitmaker is known for being open about mental health discussions throughout her career, where she always reminded her fans to “hope again” “Don’t be afraid to hope again because our Hope has come. You are stronger [and] braver than you think… don’t be afraid to seek counsel or to get therapy. Opening up helps too. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s helped me a lot to know it’s okay not to be okay. You’re not alone,” she said on Instagram in June 2021.