Tanya Bardsley has revealed that she has already attempted suicide three times.
The former Real Housewives of Cheshire star, 41, believes she attempted suicide as GP antidepressants ‘disrupted the chemicals’ in her brain, before being diagnosed with ADHD at age 40 years old.
Speaking on GB News, Tanya confessed there was always “something different” about her and that she often wondered why she had trouble mingling with people.
During a virtual Saturday morning appearance with Esther McVey and Philip Davies, the model explained how the discovery made everything in her life “clearer”.
She said: “All my life I just knew there was something different about me that I just couldn’t mix and I always wondered why everyone finds life so easy, and I found everything so difficult, just a to-do list.
“It disrupted the chemicals in my brain!” Tanya Bardsley has revealed she attempted suicide three times as GPs ‘threw’ her antidepressants before diagnosing her with ADHD
Brave: Speaking on GB News, Tanya confessed there was always ‘something different’ about her and she often wondered why she struggled to mingle with people
“It wasn’t until my 40th birthday that I was diagnosed with ADHD and it all made sense, but before that I’ve seen doctors for the past 20 years about crippling anxiety. and inner turmoil.
“All the doctors and GPs threw antidepressants at me, which of course is like giving flu tablets to someone with a broken leg.
“So it disrupted the chemicals in my brain as well as ADHD which led me to depression.
“It was like living with 17 televisions on in my head at the same time and I tried to kill myself three times.
“Fortunately, I’m very, very bad at trying to kill myself, thank God. I’m laughing about it now but it’s not a laughing matter. I’m just trying to see the funny side.
Previously Tanya role model spoke about the torment she suffered at the hands of cruel bullies who left her wanting to kill herself.
The TV personality, who is married to footballer Phil Bardsley, said she threw herself in front of a moving car when she was young.
She told Esther and Philip, “I’m really, really passionate about trying to raise awareness and just trying to spread the word and help others.”
Horrible: Role model Tanya has previously opened up about the torment she suffered at the hands of cruel bullies who left her wanting to kill herself (pictured in 2021)
“The waiting lists are so long for people to be diagnosed, from two to seven years. Seven years is such a long time.
When asked why diagnosis tends to take longer with women, she replied: “Boys are normally taken care of because they are more disruptive, but there is also the more internal side, inner turmoil, noise in the head.
“We’re better at masking it and we don’t disrupt teachers and stuff so much, we’re not a problem for anyone.
“And we’re not good at talking about it and telling people what’s wrong with us, so we kind of fall under the radar.”
She added: “I’ve studied the mind a lot, so I’m super focused. I used to focus on bad thoughts, which made me enjoy trying to kill myself.
“Now I try to step away and focus on the positive and whenever I’m hyper focused I can do a lot of things and then just lay in bed for a few days completely exhausted.
“The turning point in my life was just being diagnosed and knowing it and being aware of it so I know when to rest, I know the tools to use.
“So I think it’s really, really important to get the message out. Some people may not be depressed, they may not be anxious, it may just be undiagnosed ADHD.
The influencer recently opened up about how bullying, as well as her need to change schools often as her family moved due to her father’s job in the military, had made her very unstable.
Speaking to Johnny Seifert on the Secure The Insecure podcast, Tanya said: “I tried to kill myself. I attempted suicide three times in my youth. Luckily, I failed each time, which I’m so happy about.
“But I jumped in front of a car at the time, and I managed to swerve and thank God because I’m just scared to think what that poor guy would have been through if he walked past me. had knocked.”
“I think the universe has bigger plans for you and maybe I had to go through that too.”
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Couple: Tanya is married to former Manchester United footballer Phil Bardsley