Alexa Ilacad had the opportunity to talk virtually to her mother, Dina Madarang, in a recent episode of Pinoy Big Brother: Kumunity Season 10.
During their virtual conversation, Alexa opened up to her mother about her mental health condition.
"Mommy kasi I was diagnosed with major depression disorder caused by body dysmorphia so sabi ko kay kuya na as my mom, you have the right to know what's happening to me. I just want you to know," Alexa told her mother.
In response, Dina remarked that she understands Alexa's situation.
"I know and everything has my go signal... It's understandable, you are a strong woman, di ba? Just keep on fighting as long as you don't give up, it's fine. It's when you surrender, then that's the bad part, di ba? Okay? Just keep trying," Dina said.
In her conversation with Big Brother, Alexa said that she is grateful to her mom for having an open mind about her condition.
"Stereotypically, mahirap i-open up 'yung mga ganong topics or situations sa mga magulang because we never know what to expect sa mga reaction nila kaya nagpapasalamat po ako na my mom kept an open mind about it. Ang gusto lang po niya ay ang mapabuti ako at maging masaya ako," she told Big Brother.
It can be recalled that Alexa sought the help of PBB's resident psychologist Dr. Randy Dellosa as she decided to address her growing insecurity about her body.
Dr. Randy shared that body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is "an elevated feeling of insecurity tungkol sa kaanyuhan natin and a dislike for one's physical appearance."