Soap star opens up about experiences with bipolar disorder

A UK television actress has opened up about her experiences with depression and bipolar disorder, in a bid to reiterate the importance of seeking appropriate treatment and support.

Helen Flanagan, 26, told reporters that her mental health deteriorated significantly when she ‘secretly’ stopped taking medication she had been prescribed to treat her ADHD and bipolar disorder.

The former Coronation Street star said that panic attacks, anxiety and suicidal thoughts drove her to eventually leave the soap.

“I’ve suffered from depression. It was the main reason I had to leave Coronation Street. I was down and it was very intense – I don’t think I was very well,” she said.

The actress opened up about the suicidal thoughts she had experienced – and stressed the importance of seeking support.

“I don’t want to pass any negative energy or behaviour down to [my daughter] Matilda, so I’ve been seeing a therapist once a week for a while and things have really improved,” she said.

Ms Flanagan is shortly due to return to Coronation Street following a four year break. The actress will reprise her role as Rosie Webster.

Coronation Street producer, Kate Oates of ITV, said: “We are delighted that Helen is as keen explore what Rosie has been up to away from the cobbles as we are.”