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Sunday 26th May 2019

Corrie's Simon Gregson opens up about his anxiety battle

Actor reveals how he overcame the "awful" condition

Coronation Street favourite Simon Gregson, who plays soap favourite Steve McDonald, has opened up about his battle with anxiety.

Speaking to fans on Twitter, Simon was candid about his experience with the condition, which he called "hidden" and "awful".

The actor plays loveable Steve McDonald in Corrie (Credit: ITV)

His comments came after Great British Bake Off champ Nadiya Hussain's BBC show Nadiya: Anxiety And Me, in which she detailed her battle with her mental health.

Simon said: "This is real and awful to live with. Please watch and understand it's a hidden away emotion that effects far more than you'd think [sic]."

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The actor added: "BUT it is treatable and manageable with the right help."

This is real and awful to live with. Please watch and understand it's a hidden away emotion that affects far more than you'd think.

Simon, who has previously spoken about his battle with depression, continued: "Life is so complicated now. Too many pressures on our baby's [sic]."

Family man Simon with his wife Emma (Credit: Splash News)

And, after he was signed off work in 2015 for an undisclosed illness, Simon also had some advice for those feeling overwhelmed.

He said: "Take a month go back to nature love and patience. Enjoy embrace and love each other."

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Simon – who is married to wife Emma and dad to sons Alfie, Harry and Henry – is now counting his blessings.

The actor, who recently revealed he is happier than ever, told followers that he overcame his mental health issues with therapy.

Simon and Emma are parents to sons Alfie, Henry and Harry (Credit: Wenn)

"Tablets work different for different people. Mine worked with therapy. However you need to find the right one for you."

He also told his followers: "Not alone people xx."

Speaking back in 2017, he said: "I had to pinch myself the other day – a beautiful wife and three beautiful kids who are hilarious."

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