In the week where her character Tracy Barlow reveals that she is pregnant (or is she?), Corrie star Kate Ford has been speaking to the Daily Mirror about her on-going problems with obsessive compulsive disorder.
Kate explains that she has suffered with OCD for many years: "In my 20s I did have really bad OCD - I'd check things continually. I could check the oven 20 times before going to bed and all the sockets had to be turned off. It's like your brain gets stuck in a loop. I do still have a bit of OCD"
Her condition is no fun for her partner Jon and their young son Otis, either: "When I'm in Manchester I do this thing on the phone with Jon every single night, where I go through a check-list of things he needs to do before he goes to bed. I say, 'Have you checked the oven's off? Have you checked you've locked the back door? Is the car locked? Is the intercom on to hear Otis? Is the alarm on?' I do it every night - I've never missed. I have to do it. One time I couldn't get in touch with him and I couldn't get to sleep. Jon indulges me in it. He probably hates it and I don't know whether he's really checked or not, but he says yes! Now when I check things just once I feel I've done really well."
Kate says that diet and exercise help her cope with her issues so she swims regularly and never eats junk food.