Helen Flanagan: I have bipolar, I thought about killing myself

Helen Flanagan has revealed that she suffers from bipolar and attention deficit disorder.

Helen has admitted that she once considered killing herself. [Twitter]

The actress and 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here' contestant was diagnosed with the illnesses during her time on Coronation Street.

Talking to The Sun, Helen Flanagan admitted that she decided to leave the popular soap after coping with the illness became too much for her.

She said:"I've suffered from anxiety since I was a little girl. I was about 15 when I developed an eating disorder.

"I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder quite a few years ago and used to take tablets to help keep that in check. I also take medication for bipolar.

"One day I was on the Corrie set and a cast member — who was also a friend — joked, 'Helen Flanagan — she rattles when she walks!

"It really hurt me. I went home that night and cried my eyes out.

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Following the altercation, Helen took herself off the medication, prompting a downward spiral in her mental health.

She explained: "I stopped taking my medication for a year and a half and didn't tell anyone. It was the worst thing I could have done."

"I was up and down all the time and it just spiraled out of control.

"One day I was driving into the ITV studios and I thought, 'Wouldn't it be great if I just crashed my car now and it was all over?'

"After that I knew I had to quit Corrie and get some help."

Helen now has her demons under control [StaceyCPhotography]

Helen has since got her demons under control through the help of counseling.

"I had some counselling and found that works for me. I am now more comfortable with it and know it's nothing to be ashamed of," she revealed.

She added: "I've never discussed it publicly before because I've always been a bit embarrassed."

Helen didn't cope very well with the jungle challenges. [REX]

After Helen Flanagan had sorted herself out, she decided to take part in this year's 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here', famously being voted by the public to take on seven Bushtucker trials in a row.

Helen admitted that there were times when she considered walking.

She explained:"I wondered whether I should walk.

"I thought, 'Am I just humiliating myself here? Am I humiliating my boyfriend and family?"

Helen Flanagan does admit that she has gained a lot from her time in the jungle saying: "It was a real test for me though and I learned a lot about myself."