Loose Women’s Linda Robson returns to panel unveiling heartbreaking OCD battle

Linda Robson fought back the tears as she discussed her OCD battle on the latest instalment of ITV's Loose Women.

The TV presenter bowed out of her hosting duties on the show in January 2019 following ill health.

Giving her first interview since stepping down, the 61-year-old admitted she's on the mend following a year-long health battle.

The Birds of a Feather star revealed she had suffered from a serious case of anxiety and depression after she quit the booze and was put on a different form of medication.

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"I came off the wine, and I started to up my dosage of a sleeping tablet I was taking," she said.

"I went to see someone about it, and they gave me an antidepressant."

However, the medication didn't calm Linda down and instead made her "hyper".

"It was bad. My anxiety, depression and my OCD kicked into overdrive."

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Discussing the extent of her OCD ordeal, Linda admitted she couldn't stop cleaning and "everything had to be spotless".

"At one point I was taking four baths a day. I was washing my bedding every day. It took over my life.

"Everything had to be in order, all the mugs had to be spotless. It really was the hardest time."

Fellow co-host Nadia Sawalha recalled a Loose Women trip to Ibiza in 2018 made them all realise something was up.

"To be fair, we were really worried.

"It was like the dimmer switch had been turned down," she added, "we thought you had dementia and then it all came to a head in Ibiza."

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Linda revealed she is now 11-months sober following a disastrous Christmas two years ago.

Trying to numb the pain with alcohol, the TV host explained she would drink to the point of blackout in order to get through the day.

"On Christmas Day, I didn't even cook dinner. I started drinking as I couldn't face getting through the day. My family were at their wit's end, but they have been amazing. Truly amazing," she said.

"Drink was never the problem," she continued, "it was just getting through the day."

"I was on 16 tablets at one point, and I was just wired all the time."

Coming out of the other side, and back to her former self, Linda declared: "Touch wood, I am finally there."

Loose Women airs weekdays on ITV at 12:30pm.

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