TANYA Bardsley has told how she was left bed-bound following a seizure and heart palpitations after taking medication for her ADHD.
The Real Housewives of Cheshire star took to her Instagram feed and shared her experience after she followed the advice of a fellow sufferer on the internet.
She said she had been researching different medications when she had a bad reaction which left her feeling like she was trapped in "concrete".
She said: "WARNING – I’ve been doing a lot of research on everything about adhd for a special project – I have tried 3 different medications for adhd and I stopped taking the 3rd ones after I had heart palpitations and a seizure.
"So I’ve been back fully adhd and my focus has been terrible these past few weeks and I read on a forum the other night that a lady just takes a adhd tablet on the day she has to be focused to get work done.
"So I thought Oou this could be perfect for me I took 1 40mg atomoxetine tablet last night (the tablets I originally started in that didn’t give me heart palpitations 🙏) I felt sick all night and been bed bound all bloody day I slept nearly all day and feel like I’m trapped in concrete 😫
"I’m going to throw myself in a cold shower to try wake up for the kids now but just wanted to warn you don’t be a idiot like me and take advice from the internet 🙉❤️ also guess how much work I got done today 🙄 zilch 🙄❤️ #adhd #adhdproblems #adhdmedication #adhdwomen #adhdmemes #adhdsupport #adhdtips #anxiety #bed #concrete ❤️"
Tany's followers were grateful for her honest post, with one writing: "Because of your awareness of ADHD, I looked into it , and I got myself referred and got diagnosed 8weeks ago . So thank you for putting this out here you helped me x"
Another penned: "I’m glad you and @oliviajade_attwood are making more awareness for girls with adhd because I had to fight hard for my daughters diagnosis ♥️"
The 38-year-old bombshell stars in the reality show that follows the lives of women in one of the UK's most affluent areas.
She told The Sun in 2019 she had been undergoing therapy sessions to manage her mental health.
She said at the time: "I'm still on the antidepressants, on the low dose because I came off them on the last series. I'm terrified of coming off them again because I give myself induced chemical depression.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be categorised into two types of behavioural problems – inattentiveness and hyperactivity.
While most people show symptoms of both of these manners, this isn’t always the case.
The NHS reveals that the symptoms are…
- having a short attention span and being easily distracted
- making careless mistakes – for example, in schoolwork
- appearing forgetful or losing things
- being unable to stick at tasks that are tedious or time-consuming
- appearing to be unable to listen to or carry out instructions
- constantly changing activity or task
- having difficulty organising tasks
- Hyperactivity and impulsiveness
- being unable to sit still, especially in calm or quiet surroundings
- constantly fidgeting
- being unable to concentrate on tasks
- excessive physical movement
- excessive talking
- acting without thinking
- interrupting conversations
- little or no sense of danger
- mood swings, irritability and a quick temper
"On the show I see a mind expert and he gives me these exercises to do. So I think that will be quite good for the viewers who do have anxiety.
"You have to close your eyes, feel where the anxiety is, and for me it is here (points to stomach) and picture what colour it is, and it was blue. And you kind of switch it over.
"Another thing is when you feel anxiety, it's because you're in the past or the future. So you have to name five things that you can see, three things you can hear, two things that you can smell. Stuff like that to bring yourself back in the room."
Tanya started her career in the public eye as a glamour girl, posing for all of the lads' mags.
She was voted the first ever FHM High Street Honey in 2002 and was included in their 100 Sexiest Women in the World in the years 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
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