Hollyoaks spoilers follow.
Diane Hutchinson has suffered a terrifying fall off a ladder as she continues to struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
The pregnant Diane has been consumed with obsessive thoughts about her family's safety in recent weeks, going as far as calling an electrician because she feared a freak explosion could occur.
In Thursday's (April 29) first-look episode on E4, Nancy (Jessica Fox) dropped by Diane's (Alex Fletcher) because Tony (Nick Pickard) had told her about having missed her baby scan.
Diane was intensely worried about Nancy polluting the house with outside germs but grew even more concerned when Nancy asked if the visit by the electrician had calmed her nerves about the house.
"Wait, did he check that one [lamp] over there?" her inner monologue tried to figure out.
Diane couldn't wait to get Nancy out of the house so she could 'decontaminate' her home. But first, she decided she needed to check the lights in the chandelier before "someone gets hurt".
Pulling out a ladder, Diane climbed up to the ceiling but grew dizzier the higher she got. She blacked out while on the ladder and was later found unconscious on the floor sometime by her husband Tony.
Tony rushed to her side and called 999, begging them to hurry because Diane is pregnant.
Will she be okay?
Speaking about this horrifying accident, Alex Fletcher acknowledged that Diane "feels as if she's lost all control" ever since she got pregnant with Edward's child.
"By making sure everything's clean, tidy and everyone's safe, she's getting some of that control back," Alex said. "But Diane's checking everything all the time, then doubting that she's checked it in the first place, so doing it all again – she's physically drained."
Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
We would encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Organisations who can offer support include Samaritans on 116 123 (www.samaritans.org) or Mind on 0300 123 3393 (www.mind.org.uk). Help and information can also be found at OCD UK. Readers in the US are encouraged to visit mentalhealth.gov.
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