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Health & Fitness Corrie's Nicola Thorp opens up about borderline personality disorder

17:05  10 january  2020
17:05  10 january  2020 Source:   digitalspy.com

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a person posing for the camera: Nicola Thorp, who starred in Coronation Street, talks about being diagnosed with BPD and wants to dispel the myths surrounding the mental illness. © BBC Nicola Thorp, who starred in Coronation Street, talks about being diagnosed with BPD and wants to dispel the myths surrounding the mental illness.

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Former Coronation Street star Nicola Thorp has discussed being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

Thorp, who played Nicola Rubinstein on Coronation Street between 2017 and 2019, appeared on BBC's Victoria Derbyshire wanting to dispel some of the myths surrounding the mental illness.

a person standing in front of a brick building: Nicola Thorp as Nicola Rubinstein in Coronation Street © ITV Nicola Thorp as Nicola Rubinstein in Coronation Street

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"I think the label itself of 'personality disorder', there's a suggestion there that it's your personality that is disordered and that isn't the case," Thorp said. "It's a mental illness, much like other mental illnesses, and it's characterised by different things, but for me, I've always had extreme anxiety.

"I think that it's really fantastic that everyone's talking about depression and about anxiety, but it often can be so generalised. I think it's time now that we talked about issues more specifically."

a screenshot of a cell phone: Nicola Thorp © Carla Speight - Getty Images Nicola Thorp

Thorp opened up about how borderline personality disorder affected her in the past, and said that she was misdiagnosed seven years ago.

"I was hospitalised and misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder, because a lot of the symptoms can be a lot similar," she explained. "I used to have anxiety attacks that were so bad, I couldn't function.

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"In order to try and break out of that cycle of anxiety and depression and stop these panic attacks, I would resort to extreme behaviours like trying to knock myself out. Hitting my head against a wall, that kind of thing, just to make it end."

Thorp added that she believes there needs to be "first aid training for mental health", so that people are better equipped to respond and take suitable actions when talking with someone who is struggling with mental health issues.

"We need to know what to do when someone does say something like, 'I don't want to live anymore'," she said. "It's a very, very frightening thing, and it puts a lot of pressure, I understand, on the person who's hearing that.

"When people talk about suicide or self-harm, it's kind of portrayed as this slow, gradual thing that's done in secret. But for other people, it can come on like that. There can be a trigger."

a person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Nicola Rubinstein in Coronation Street © ITV Nicola Rubinstein in Coronation Street

The star also said that borderline personality disorder has never affected work, including her time on Coronation Street.

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"It's never affected my working life," she said. "You see people with stammers but you can sing and it stops when you sing. It's the same with acting for me."

We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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Corrie's Nicola Thorp opens up about borderline personality disorder .
The star wants to dispel the myths surrounding BPD.Former Coronation Street star Nicola Thorp has discussed being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

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