CASUALTY actor Michael Stevenson has revealed he suffered from PTSD after the traumatic birth of his twins.
The actor – who plays troubled Iain Dean in the BBC medical drama – welcomed four year old twin girls Emmy and Isla with actress Lauren Crace, but it was tinged by worry when doctors thought they had something called malrotation.
Michael has revealed he had mild PTSD after the birth of his daughters[/caption]
It is a condition whereby the intestine doesn’t form in the correct way in the abdomen.
Michael told the Daily Mirror: “I probably had mild PTSD after my twins were born. That was a pretty traumatic time.
“They thought they had malrotation, which can be really dangerous in the stomach. I remember phoning my dad, they hadn’t heard anything from us for a few days and were worried, and hearing his voice, it all came out and I wept.”
Michael’s character Ian has been troubled in recent months and had a suicide attempt earlier this year.
Michael and Claire also have a son called Jack[/caption]
He plays troubled Iain Dale in the BBC medical drama[/caption]
He will be at the centre of a special episode on Saturday – the second time ever the show has featured all the action outside of the hospital set, following Iain’s recovery from his serious mental health struggles.
But Michael revealed how the storyline has also affected his own health.
“I’ve not been the picture of health in the last 12 months,” he told newspaper.
“You’re very lucky if you can do that kind of thing and it not affect you.
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“I didn’t go the gym for a year. What you’re playing on screen affects you in your home life.
“There were times when I felt quite isolated. I drive two hours to work, then I work 10 hours playing a depressed person, then I drive for two hours to get home, on my own in the car.”
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