Linda Robson has revealed her children became her carers when she became ‘so low she couldn’t be left alone.’

The Loose Women star, 64, overcame an addiction to alcohol as well as struggles with depression and OCD, leading to three stints in rehab.

The panel were discussing Kate Garraway‘s upcoming documentary Derek’s Story, which focuses on the Good Morning Britain star and her husband during his final days before his death in January.

The Good Morning Britain star funded round-the-clock care for Derek after he was left bed-bound following a battle with Covid in 2020, leading to discussing about whether Loose Women’s stars would provide the same care for loved ones. 

Linda explained: ‘My children were my carers when I was mentally ill. There was a point when I got so low I couldn’t be left alone.’

Linda Robson has revealed her children became her carers when she became 'so low she couldn't be left alone'

Linda Robson has revealed her children became her carers when she became 'so low she couldn't be left alone'

Linda Robson has revealed her children became her carers when she became ‘so low she couldn’t be left alone’

‘I wasn’t allowed to see my grandchildren until I was better. It was four years ago now and they still say ”mum I’m so glad you are better, we never thought we’d get you back.”

Back in 2018, Linda became dependent on alcohol after bring prescribed a drug which was meant to help with her depression – leading to three stints in rehab.

Reflecting on the experience during a Loose Women episode, Linda explained: ‘I went through a really tough time, I was depressed and I turned to alcohol and had cleaning OCD.

‘I used to always have a glass of wine or spritzers in the evening, come 10 o’clock at night, but never in the daytime. And then I got put on medication that sent me a bit mad.

‘I got put on a certain drug which was supposed to help the depression but it didn’t it just heightened it, so I had to go into three different establishments and it was the worst time in my life, I completely ruined my family’s lives’.

Recalling one specific low point, Linda referenced a trip she was on with fellow Loose Women pals – in which she had to return home early from.

She explained: ‘We were in Ibiza and I broke down in front of all the girls, Stacey had to take me home and she took me into The Priory.’

‘I had really bad depression and was self-harming, I was cleaning everywhere I went and washing my sheets every night when I got home’.

The Loose Women star (pictured with her daughter Lauren) overcame an addiction to alcohol as well as struggles with depression and OCD, leading to three stints in rehab

The Loose Women star (pictured with her daughter Lauren) overcame an addiction to alcohol as well as struggles with depression and OCD, leading to three stints in rehab

The Loose Women star (pictured with her daughter Lauren) overcame an addiction to alcohol as well as struggles with depression and OCD, leading to three stints in rehab

The panel were discussing Kate Garraway 's upcoming documentary Derek's Story, which focuses on the Good Morning Britain star and her husband during his final days

The panel were discussing Kate Garraway 's upcoming documentary Derek's Story, which focuses on the Good Morning Britain star and her husband during his final days

The panel were discussing Kate Garraway ‘s upcoming documentary Derek’s Story, which focuses on the Good Morning Britain star and her husband during his final days

She took a year off from Loose Women, making her grand return to the show in January 2020.

Linda told her co-stars: ‘I was having a meltdown. I came off the wine, and I used to take a tablet to help me sleep every night. When I came off the wine, I upped the tablet, and then I got concerned about taking the tablet.

‘So I went to see somebody about it and they gave me a tablet – I won’t mention the name but I had a really bad reaction to it, a proper meltdown. I got really bad anxiety, really bad depression, and my OCD kicked into overdrive.’

The heartbreaking dependency and outcome left her family seeking desperate measures when they sought to ‘find her someone to go’.

She went on: ‘Family found me somewhere to go, to help me, I went in this place for six weeks, went into it on so many tablets and left with even more, it was my doctor who said you’ve had the worse reaction to this medication I have ever seen…

On her terrifying ‘comedown’, she said: ‘Even that you have to come down slowly, took me a long time to get back to feeling normal.’

When asked if police were called to intervene in the midst of her problems, Linda went on: ‘Yeah they were called, because I was drinking…

‘They were locking me in because I couldn’t get out, I was shouting get me out, so police were called as they thought I was kidnapped… That was my family trying to keep me safe’.

Aside from her substance woes, Linda revealed she was taking ‘four baths’ each day as she suffered with her obsessive-compulsive disorder. She added: ‘At one point, I was having four baths a day, I was washing my bedding every day…

‘People joke when they hear someone saying about OCD they think it’d a bit of a joke or whatever, but it’s not actually a joke, it took over my life. I couldn’t clean everything enough.’

Commenting on her recovery, Linda noted there wasn’t a quick fix but she felt like she was ‘finally’ out the other side.

Linda said: 'I wasn't allowed to see my grandchildren until I was better. It was four years ago now and they still say ''mum I'm so glad you are better, we never thought we'd get you back''

Linda said: 'I wasn't allowed to see my grandchildren until I was better. It was four years ago now and they still say ''mum I'm so glad you are better, we never thought we'd get you back''

Linda said: ‘I wasn’t allowed to see my grandchildren until I was better. It was four years ago now and they still say ”mum I’m so glad you are better, we never thought we’d get you back”

Linda previously explained her anxiety stems back to 2008, when her son Louis, now 31, had been out with friend Ben Kinsella the night Ben was stabbed and died at the scene.

Linda is also mother to two daughters Lauren, 40, and Roberta, 27 – and struggled with anxiety as well as OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder).

The Birds Of A Feather star has also spoken about her trust issues after her partner of 11-years cheated on her.

Prior to marrying Mark, Linda was in a relationship with Tony Tyler for 11 years and they welcomed daughter Lauren in 1983.

Their relationship was plagued with woes, however, and she told the Loose Women audience in 2017: ‘I caught my ex several times cheating on me — even when I was pregnant with Lauren.

‘Once I was away and Lauren was away with me. When I got back, everything seemed fine in the flat. But when I went to go to bed that night, I moved the pillow and there was a tissue with lipstick on it, and long blonde hairs.’

Prior to marrying Mark, Linda was in a relationship with Tony Tyler for 11 years and they welcomed daughter Lauren in 1983.

If you need confidential help with alcohol abuse call Alcoholic Anonymous free on 0800 9177 650 or email help@aamail.org

If you need confidential help with depression or mental health call Samaritans free 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org.

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