Stephanie Davis has bravely admitted she has been diagnosed with high functioning autism — and used alcohol to calm her anxiety.
The 26 year old posted a lengthy video about her diagnosis on Monday night as she launched her YouTube channel.
Hollyoaks actress Stephanie, who recently showed off a new tattoo, says she used to "self medicate" and "drink a bottle of wine" before going on nights out because of her condition.
Opening up to fans in the touching video, Stephanie told her fans that the thought of social situations would make her "sweat, tantrum and cry."
She said: "I've been diagnosed with a few mental health issues, I'm not ready to talk about all of them yet — I don't know if I ever will be.
"I have high functioning autism. When I was younger, the thought of going to a bar I had never been to before was horrific.
"I would have to drink a bottle of wine before I went out. I do believe I've self medicated now a lot because of the anxiety."
The mum-of-one, who regularly enjoys days out with son Caben, continued: "I would sweat and would be feeling sick and I would have a tantrum like a three year old.
"I would throw myself on the bed, crying my eyes out, then I would try and get myself ready and would drink a bottle of wine to try and calm my nerves.
"That's why I drank a lot more, because I found it so exhausting. The next day, I would have an emotional hangover. It was all too much.
"I've always hated busy [places] unless I was drinking, then I could just about get through it."
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Stephanie also opened up to her 952,000 Instagram followers on the condition, writing: "So, I've started a new blog on YouTube.
"To talk about one of my recent diagnosis. I feel really nervous about this, I'm at the moment trying to get to know my self for the first time ever.
"It's like the jigsaw pieces have finally fitted together. For all my life I've never felt like I've fitted in.
"People say to me why share everything, but I feel like, what's the point in going through everything I have if I can't share it when I KNOW it will help others?
"I've already helped so many people with my experiences in life and I feel like that's my calling.
"It takes guts to be this open. I guess my mum & dad and family know that I'll always do what I can to help people, always, they know I'm not ashamed of what I've gone through or talking about it & they respect that I want to be so open and honest.
"I guess that's what makes me… Me. I'm also so thankful to my family and brothers and friends as being so honest means they have to know people know about my struggles too. But there proud of me. And I love how much they support me. [sic]
"So, this is my first video about my first diagnosis. I don't know if I'm ready to talk about all of them yet, but baby steps."
Fans were quick to thank the former Celebrity Big Brother star for her honesty, with one writing: "its absolutely incredible that you had the courage to share this, lots of love [sic]"
A second fan related to the star's troubles, writing: "It took me a year to tell my family and even then was because I broke down, it's one of the hardest things I've ever done. Well done opening up."
While a third added: "I commend you for being so open Steph. Following your journey over the years, I think our mental health problems are similar and it's very brave of you to speak so openly about how you're feeling.
"It's on thing that really helped me in my journey. Just know that you've got so much support behind you. [sic]"
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