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Saturday 11th July 2020

Hollyoaks' Stephanie Davis reveals she has autism in emotional video

Star bravely spoke out about her struggles

Stephanie Davis, who plays Sinead Shelby in Hollyoaks has posted a video to her new YouTube channel to tell fans she has "high-functioning autism".

The actress, who is currently taking a break from the soap, admitted she used alcohol to calm her anxiety and now she is learning about herself, she understands why she was doing it.

Stephanie has opened up on her recent diagnosis (Credit: YouTube)

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She revealed she had posted the video in a series of tweets, explaining she wants to help others as well as come to terms with the diagnosis herself.

The star also said she has been diagnosed with other mental health issues but she doesn't think she's ready to talk about them yet.

In the video Stephanie talks about her fears and anxieties in social situations - which led to her drinking a bottle of wine before she'd even leave the house.

"I do believe it's why I drank a lot more," she explains. "I found it really exhausting."

She says she now knows she was "self-medicating".

Stephanie plays Sinead in Hollyoaks (Credit: Lime Pictures/Channel 4)

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Steph also revealed how she'd always struggled with "social exhaustion" and that she never really felt like she fitted in anywhere.

Fans have been quick to offer their support to the actress, with many praising her for being so open and honest.

Stephanie also asked her followers for any advice they might have on coping mechanisms for her condition.

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