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The Real Housewives of Cheshire’s Tanya Bardsley says ADHD took her to ‘some dark places’ but is grateful for diagnosis

Jun 15, 2021

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The Real Housewives of Cheshire star Tanya Bardsley has opened up on her ADHD diagnosis, admitting she is relieved to know what is wrong after having been to "some dark places".

Tanya spoke to Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on Tuesday's This Morning alongside her Real Housewives co-stars Deborah Davies and Seema Malhotra.

Joining the conversation by video call, Tanya said: "All my life I've been treated for anxiety and depression and it was only six weeks before my 40th birthday I got diagnosed with ADHD because it comes out different in women, it's so undiagnosed in women.

"You think of a little boy running round with a bin on his head being naughty with ADHD, but a lot of women actually have it and it comes out in that sinking feeling like something bad's going to happen.

"It's a inner restlessness, I've had it all my life, and one in four women actually commit suicide if they're undiagnosed."

She added that she knew what it was like to suffer with mental health as a result of undiagnosed ADHD, but was able to manage it better now.

The TV star admitted: "I've been in a lot of dark places so it was such a relief when I was diagnosed with ADHD, like finally I know what's wrong with me.

"I've had hundreds of thousands of letters and messages saying, 'oh my god, I can really relate, I'm going to go to the doctor'.

"I think the doctors are going to hate me because they're going to have queues of people going 'I think I've got ADHD'."

Seema and Deborah, who were in the studio, also spoke about their own experiences of lockdown, including Seema being rushed to A&E with a ruptured ovarian cyst.

She said: "What it's taught me, lockdown and Covid, is that you really do need to look after yourself."

Meanwhile, psychic Deborah spoke about her uncanny predictions for a virus in 2020 and a Royal death in 2021.

As Holly asked her what the rest of the year held, she predicted: "I think mutations are obviously going to cause a problem so I think we've got a little while to go before we get back to normal.

"We will get back to normal, but I think we've got a little while to go yet."

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