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Hollyoaks and Waterloo Road star reveals life changing health diagnosis

FORMER HOLLYOAKS star Hollie-Jay Bowes revealed that she's been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The actress - who played Michaela McQueen in the Channel 4 soap - said she was relieved to receive the news after being on a waiting list for three years. Hollie-Jay, 34, who also plays Debs Rafferty in the new series of BBC's Waterloo Road, will be part of a new storyline with pupil Kelly Jo Rafferty, played by Alicia Forde, in which she learns whether she has ADHD.

She said she was proud to be involved in the story because she she could relive her "undiagnosed youth". She shared a photo with her on-screen daughter Alicia and wrote: "I have some official news today. After three years of being on the waiting list and many unofficial diagnosis’s from various doctors, one being my autism psychiatrist, the NHS have finally diagnosed me with ADHD.

"I Couldn’t think of a better day to get this news. Tune into Waterloo Road tonight at 8pm." She continued: "Alicia Forde has some absolute BITS for you to watch. Doing this story line with her has meant I’ve had the honour of reliving my undiagnosed youth, on screen, through her….

I didn’t get the support Kelly Jo did though. "When I tell you I’ve balled my eyes out during this whole process, I would not be lying. She’s bloody amazing.

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