Former Corrie star Ian Puleston-Davies reveals debilitating obsessive compulsive disorder he has struggled with since he was seven, leaving him fearing he is being poisoned on a daily basis
Former Corrie star Ian Puleston-Davies has spoken about his debilitating battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
The 65-year-old actor, who played Owen Armstrong on the soap from 2010 to 2015, described the illness, which he has suffered from since he was seven, as “catastrophic” and said the fear of poisoning was a “common thought”.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, commonly known as OCD, is a common mental illness that causes people to obsess over thoughts and develop behaviors that they have difficulty controlling.
He told The Mirror: “My thoughts are mostly about infection or the fear of harming myself or others. “When I spot a stain, my unwanted thought tells me that it is poisonous and dangerous and that something terrible is going to happen will if I or my children touch him.
Ian, whose directorial debut Bolan’s Shoes hit cinemas last week, revealed how he has been coping with his illness on the soap’s set and said his cast mates have been nothing but supportive.
Candid: Former Corrie star Ian Puleston-Davies, 65, has spoken about his debilitating battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
Illness: The six-year-old actor, who played Owen Armstrong in the soap from 2010 to 2015 (pictured), described the illness he has suffered from since he was seven as “catastrophic” and said the fear of poisoning was a ” general idea”.
He told the publication: “I remember Antony Cotton who plays Sean.” [Tully]who would be behind the bar at the Rovers Return, was very well-behaved before one scene and said: “I’ve checked the glasses, Ian.” There are no chips.
Although Ian had suffered the symptoms since the age of seven, he wasn’t diagnosed until he was 35 and admitted he learned to “hide” his illness.
“It’s called the secret disorder because people are ashamed of it. And this is the problem. “People don’t go to the doctor or tell their loved ones because they’re afraid of being ridiculed.”
He previously wrote about his illness in the 2004 ITV drama Dirty Filthy Love, in which Michael Sheen played the OCD sufferer Mark.
Ian was joined by his former Coronation Street co-stars at the premiere of his new flick Bolan’s Shoes in Manchester on Saturday.
Katie McGlynn, 29, who left the soap in 2019, opted for smart navy trousers and a cropped jacket for the event.
Katie wore the ensemble shirtless, showing off a hint of lace bralette.
She gave a quick glimpse of her toned midriff in the eye-catching blue combination and accessorized her look with a pair of black and silver stilettos.
Honest: He said: “My thoughts are mainly about infection or the fear of harming myself or others.” When I spot a stain, my unwanted thought tells me that it is poisonous and dangerous.
Help: Ian, whose directorial debut Bolan’s Shoes hit cinemas last week, revealed how he has been coping with his illness on the soap’s set and said his cast mates have been nothing but supportive (pictured with co-star Debbie Rush ).
Drama: He previously wrote about his illness in the 2004 ITV drama Dirty Filthy Love, in which Michael Sheen played OCD sufferer Mark (pictured).
The blonde beauty posed with a black clutch and showcased a fresh white mani and a set of gold rings.
T-Rex frontman Marc Bolan tragically died in a car accident and the film deals with the aftermath of that heartache.
The new film comes from the creative team behind Dirty Filthy Love and features music from glam rock band T. Rex.
Although the film is not a documentary about the band, it is set at the height of T. Rex mania in Liverpool in the 1970s – and goes into parts of their history.
This year marks the 46th anniversary of Mark’s death and would have been his 76th birthday.
What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder?
Obsessive-compulsive disorder, commonly known as obsessive-compulsive disorder, is a common mental illness that causes people to obsess over thoughts and develop behaviors that they have difficulty controlling.
It can affect anyone at any age, but usually develops in young adulthood.
It can cause people to repeatedly have unwanted or unpleasant thoughts.
People may also develop compulsive behavior – a physical or mental action – that they do over and over again to relieve the obsession.
The condition can be controlled and treatment usually includes psychological therapy or medication.
It is not known why OCD occurs, but risk factors include a family history of the disorder, certain differences in brain chemicals, or major life events such as a birth or bereavement.
People who are naturally orderly, methodical, or anxious are also more likely to develop it.