Beverley Callard Reveals Battle With Bipolar Disorder

Beverley Callard Reveals Battle With Bipolar Disorder

According to media reports Monday, long time Coronation Street star Beverley Callard has revealed she was diagnosed with type two bipolar disorder.

The actress, who plays the legendary barmaid Liz McDonald in Corrie for 3 decades, appeared on the ITV1 chat show to celebrate her 60th birthday.

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And she told the panel  on the show ‘Loose Women’ about her latest diagnosis after battling depression.

Speaking out on the show, she said: “My doctor seems to think I’m bipolar two. which I didn’t really know what that was.

“With ordinary bipolar you get massive highs and massive lows and I don’t get the massive highs.

“I get the bad bits really.”

Describing the illness she added: “If you’re a strong person it can get you down. It’s the curse of the strong.”

Last year Bev thanked fans and co-stars for their support after taking time out from the ITV1 soap while battling mental illness. She was heartened by the messages she received from Corrie viewers and co-stars.

According to Dr Wes Burgess in his book, The Bipolar Handbook: Real-Life Questions with Up-to-Date Answers, Penguin 2006:

“It is estimated that 2 to 7% of people in the United States suffer from bipolar disorder. Almost 10 million people will develop the illness sometimes during their lives. About half of these will never receive the correct diagnosis or treatment.”

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