'Coronation Street' star Simon Gregson opens up about 'awful' anxiety

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Simon Gregson has opened about his 'hidden' battle with anxiety and depression (Ian West/Getty)

Coronation Street’s Simon Gregson has opened up about his ‘awful’ anxiety.

The actor who plays Steve McDonald in the ITV soap encouraged everyone to check out the eye-opening BBC documentary Anxiety and Me, featuring Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain.

“This is real and awful to live with please watch and understand it’s a hidden awful emotion that effects far more than you’d think [sic],” he wrote on Twitter, before adding that those who suffer from the condition are “not alone”.

Some of his followers replied to his comments, detailing their own struggles with anxiety and depression.

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Responding to a woman who revealed that her 15-year-old daughter is “going through hell” at the moment, Gregson wrote: “Life is so complicated now. Too many pressures on our baby’s. Take a month go back to nature love and patience. One life. Enjoy embrace and love each other.”

Another, who said his girlfriend is experiencing something similar, asked Gregson - who joined Corrie in 1989 - for reassurance.

Coronation Street characters Steve McDonald, played by Simon Gregson and Karen Phillips, played by Suranne Jones after marrying at Salford Registry Office in Manchester. (Photo by Haydn West - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)

“It’s a hidden, awful emotion but it’s treatable and manageable with the right help,” the 44-year-old wrote back. “Tablets work different for different people, mine worked with therapy.”

This isn’t the first time Gregson has talked public about his mental health. Having been signed off work with depression in 2014, he told the Mirror that he was the happiest he had ever been in 2016.

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"I am actually. I had to pinch myself the other day, a beautiful wife and three beautiful kids who are hilarious. Then you have everything else on top, I was like ‘wow’, life’s alright.

“I’m more healthy in my 40’s than I’ve ever been in my life, there’s many reasons for that which we won’t go into.

"I was like, it’s not going to get any better and accept what it is and get on with it.”