Linda Robson reveals she once suffered a breakdown on a trip with her Loose Women co-stars

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Linda Robson opened up about the 'guilt' she felt for her family following her struggles with severe OCD, depression and alcoholism.

The Birds of a Feather actress and regular Loose Women panellist revealed the 'guilt' she felt towards family and friends following a mental health breakdown in 2018.

"I really did [feel guilty], for what I put you lot through first of all. You're away for a jolly holiday and everything," Linda told her co-panellists on Wednesday's episode of Loose Women.

"Putting my family through that, and they had to go through that for a long time, I think that guilt takes a long time to leave you," Linda said. The panel were discussing the question of 'When should you intervene to help a loved one?'

Linda also voiced fears of previously 'ruining' Christmas for her family.

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Linda had been in Ibiza with fellow Loose Women Stacey Solomon, Nadia Sawalha, Andrea McLean, Kaye Adams and Saira Khan, when her mental health struggles came to a head. She had been turning to alcohol amid her battle with severe obsessive compulsive disorder and depression.

Linda's colleagues Kaye Adams, Janet Street-Porter and Brenda Edwards offered supportive words to their co-star.

"You've come out the other side, and when I saw you this morning, Linda, you look fantastic," Janet said.

Linda's co-panellists seem to have supported the actress through some of her most difficult times. Earlier this year Linda revealed that it was Stacey Solomon who accompanied her to a rehabilitation centre in London when the group returned home.

After stays in various clinics, Linda's emotional state was attributed to an allergic reaction to an anti-depressant.

Linda has previously spoken of a spike in her OCD following a bad reaction to a tablet she had taken when she stopped drinking wine.

“I came off the wine, and upped tablets to sleep, so I went to see someone and they gave me something else – and I won’t name it – but it gave me bad anxiety and depression, and my OCD kicked into overdrive," she said.

As a result of the reaction, Linda admitted to needing everything in her house to be spotless, saying that she would clean obsessively everyday. She also admitted to taking four baths a day, as well as washing her bedding daily.

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