Actor Albie Casiño first admitted he has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in 2015 during a presscon for his primetime series ‘On The Wings of Love’ with ABS-CBN.
But it was during his stint at ‘Pinoy Big Brother: Kumunity Season 10’ when the public took more notice of his condition.
In a recent interview with Philstar, Albie said he has always been open about it ever since he found out about his condition 18 years ago.
Now that he’s finally shown the public how he deals with ADHD while inside th PBB House, the young actor said he realized a lot of people are actually afraid or ashamed to talk about having ADHD.
But he added that people with similar condition shouldn’t be ashamed because for him, ‘it’s really nothing’.
Albie narrated he’s fully aware he has ADHD at the age of 10. He’s 28 now and for 18 years he became accustomed to it that ‘he don’t know what life is like without it’.
“It’s just something that’s there for me, that in my whole life I had to deal with it. I don’t feel any different. In the States, it’s a disability but I don’t feel disabled. I think I’m able to do everything that everyone is able to do,” the actor said.
It was during his grade school at Ateneo de Manila University when he was first diagnosed with ADHD.
“They would notice that when it came to written exams, super bano ko, like super bagsak [fail]. But in oral recitation, magaling daw ako sa [I’m good at] oral recitation. They know I know the answer but when it comes to writing, I forgot them,” Albie recalled.
He had to undergo some tests recommended by the school and the results were given to his parents. Initially, his parents couldn’t accept the result so they brought him to WorldLab in New Manila for a second opinion.
Albie also admitted suffering from anxiety when he was a kid while going through the issues before. The doctor suggested then that he be brought to schools with small environment, like 20 students only, mainly because of his short attention span.
When asked if he felt discriminated in the entertainment industry, the actor replied in the negative, but admitted he sometimes need to explain his condition to his co-artists.