Emmerdale to air possible new diagnosis for Cathy Hope

Emmerdale spoilers follow.

Cathy Hope may find new hope in Emmerdale after receiving a diagnosis at last.

Viewers have seen Cathy struggling with heavy periods and subsequent mood swings, along with other disorienting symptoms, as part of an issue-based storyline.

Her latest struggles will culminate when Cathy is put in hospital after endangering herself with her reckless behaviour.

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Next week, Bernice and Wendy try to rally around Cathy's father Bob as he tries to figure out how best to support his young daughter.

There's an encouraging sign when Manpreet and Wendy make a long-awaited breakthrough over Cathy's condition, though their discussion of the situation leaves Cathy concerned.

Manpreet eventually confides in Bob that Cathy's behaviour may be down to Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, a mood disorder that could explain the intense changes in her behaviour.

Cathy is spying on this conversation and is horrified to hear that the effects of PMDD could continue throughout her life. Meanwhile, Bob is determined not to tell Cathy about the diagnosis until it's confirmed.

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This ruse doesn't long because Cathy admits to her dad that she'd heard everything and has concerns about PMDD. Cathy isn't ready to accept her father's support when he insists they'll get through it.

Bob is alarmed to find out Cathy once again goes missing later on, and he's understandably desperate to find her given the recent hospitalisation.

When Bob does manage to catch up with Cathy, he promises his daughter he'll do absolutely everything to support her no matter the diagnosis.

Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV1, and streams on ITVX.

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