Coronation Street star Kate Ford has revealed her battle against Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
The 35-year-old actress plays Tracy Barlow who is confident, scheming and manipulative, but in real life the married mother-of-one – who has previously revealed she suffers from panic attacks – told The Daily Mirror she has struggled to live with OCD.
Kate revealed: “In my 20s I did have really bad OCD. I’d check things continually. I could check the oven 20 times before going to bed and all the sockets had to be turned off.
“It’s like your brain gets stuck in a loop. I do still have a bit of OCD.
“When I’m in Manchester I do this thing on the phone with Jon (Connerty, her husband) every single night, where I go through a check-list of things he needs to do before he goes to bed. I say: ‘Have you checked the oven’s off? Have you checked you’ve locked the back door? Is the car locked? Is the intercom on to hear (son) Otis? Is the alarm on?’
“I do it every night – I’ve never missed. I have to do it. One time I couldn’t get in touch with him and I couldn’t get to sleep.
“Jon indulges me in it. He probably hates it and I don’t know whether he’s really checked or not, but he says yes!”
The actress – whose on-screen persona is about to reveal she is pregnant with toyboy lover Ryan Connor’s baby – has managed to keep her condition under control.
She said: “Now when I check things just once I feel I’ve done really well.
“If you’re tired you’re more prone to it. I’ve had problems with anxiety and panic attacks in the past and if I’m not looking after myself, not getting enough exercise, eating the wrong things and drinking too much, I’m worse.”