Coronation Avenue star Ian Puleston-Davies has opened up about his experiences of dwelling with OCD (obsessive compulsive dysfunction).
The actor, identified for taking part in Owen Armstrong on the ITV cleaning soap between 2010 and 2015, defined he is suffered with obsessive, undesirable ideas because the age of seven, and that he experiences a frequent concern of being poisoned.
“My ideas are primarily to do with contamination or concern of hurt to myself or to others,” he instructed The Mirror.
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“If I spot a stain, my undesirable thought will inform me it is poisonous and harmful, that if I or my kids contact it one thing terrible will occur,” he continued.
Obsessive compulsive dysfunction is a psychological well being situation which causes an individual to have obsessive ideas and compulsive behaviours that they wrestle to regulate.
Based on the NHS, individuals can begin having signs of OCD from as early as 6 years previous, although it’s extra frequent throughout adolescence and maturity.
Talking about his time on Corrie, Puleston-Davies remembers working with Antony Cotton and Mikey North, explaining that his co-stars have been nothing however supportive.
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“I keep in mind Antony Cotton who performs Sean, who can be behind the bar within the Rovers Return, was excellent earlier than a scene, saying, ‘I’ve checked the glasses, Ian. There aren’t any chips,'” Puleston-Davies recalled.
“He was all the time excellent at assuring me there have been no stains on any of the glasses earlier than he served me a pint.”
He added of North’s assist: “We had numerous scenes on faux constructing websites. If mud obtained in my eye I would suppose I scratched my retina and Mikey would look to examine. He was excellent at calming me down.”
Puleston-Davies stated that he is additionally discovered CBT (cognitive behavioural remedy) useful in managing his OCD, and has coping mechanisms that assist with what he described as “chewing gum ideas”.
“I discover what’s very helpful is to both use your cellphone or write it in a notepad and promise you’ll return to that thought half an hour later,” he stated.
The actor, lately seen in ITV’s DI Ray and The Bay, revealed he did not obtain a analysis till 1995, when he was 35. He added that for a time, he hid his signs, which took numerous vitality.
“It is often called the key dysfunction as a result of individuals are ashamed of it,” he stated of OCD. “And that is the issue. Folks do not go to the physician or do not inform family members as a result of they’re afraid of being ridiculed.
“I want I would have made it clear to everybody that I had OCD once I began my profession as a result of I exuded a lot vitality making an attempt to disguise it.
“I attempt to increase consciousness so individuals do not feel alone.”
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