Helen Flanagan reveals she has come off anxiety medication after welcoming daughter


Motherhood has had plenty of life-changing effects on Helen Flanagan, none more so than helping her give up medication for anxiety and encouraging her to step up as a role model for her daughter.

In a frank interview, the former Coronation Street actress said that since welcoming 13-month-old daughter Matilda she has replaced pills for bipolar disorder and attention deficit syndrome with therapy.

Helen Flanagan said her daughter has changed her life (Ian West/PA)

The 25-year-old told The Sun's Fabulous Magazine: "Matilda inspires me to be the best person I can be and I don't want to pass any negative energy or behaviour down to her, so I've been seeing a therapist once a week for a while and things have really improved.

"CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) gets to the root of any problem, so I feel in a good place now. It's something I will always work on, but I don't take medication any more."

Helen, who has been with Aston Villa footballer Scott Sinclair for seven years, said becoming she was "scared" when she found out she'd be having a daughter because of the pressure to be a good role model.

As well as stopping herself swearing around her baby, she said she had altered what she posted online.

Helen with partner Scott Sinclair (Sharon Latham/MCFC/PA)

"I was recently looking at my Instagram (from before Matilda) and thinking: 'Oh my god, were you off your head? What the hell?' There was a picture of me in my flat in some underwear and I thought: 'Why would you ever do that?'

She admitted she became "freaked out" by who was looking at pictures of her young daughter that she proudly posted on Instagram after her birth, confessing, "I didn't think it was responsible".

Helen, who played Rosie Webster in the soap from 2000-2012, said she did not regret topless pictures or glamour modelling shots that she took when she was younger.

But she did admit that she expects her daughter to "absolutely cringe" over them when she's older.

Helen said she's now focused on helping her daughter grow up with a healthy body image.