Cathy Hope (Gabrielle Dowling) was left reeling in Emmerdale when she discovered that the reason she’s been suffering from serious mood swings and painful and heavy periods was Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder – and that it could affect her for decades.
Upcoming episodes see her still struggling in the wake of this news and taking drastic measures to try to self-medicate her problems away.
Cathy and her dad Bob (Tony Audenshaw) are deflated when her headteacher Miss Cathcart suggests that she should defer a year at school because she won’t be granted an access arrangement until she’s had a formal diagnosis, meaning that she won’t get special support from the school to help her continue her education while dealing with her condition.
Deferring the year is something Cathy desperately wants to avoid, so she persuades Miss Cathcart to let her take the exams.
Meanwhile the stress of all this is affecting her badly, and she resorts to drinking heavily to try to numb her feelings, drinking vodka until she vomits as Bob, Laurel (Charlotte Bellamy) and Brenda (Lesley Dunlop) come to find her.
The next day she’s feeling ashamed, but once more Bob finds that he can’t do right for doing wrong as far as his daughter is concerned. Wound up to a rage by Bob’s attempts to get through to her, Cathy lashes out at him, leaving him with a bleeding cheek as she scratches him with her keys.
‘He doesn’t know where he is with her, that’s the thing,’ Tony Audenshaw told us when this storyline first started. ‘It’s so erratic, her behaviour. One minute she’s up, the next minute she’s down. She’s behaving like she’s never behaved before. It’s really hard to cope with.’
A shocked Bob has to remind himself that none of this is Cathy’s fault and he gives his daughter a hug – but will he be able to get through to her?
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