CORONATION Street fans have claimed that David Platt will be diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder after he displayed worrying signs of the mental illness.
The ITV soap character, played by Jack P. Shepherd, has started to become more and more unpredictable, with his erratic behaviour even seeing him confront and provoke a local gang.
Writing on a soap forum, one viewer said: "Does David have a mental illness?
"David does unpredictable things like with that gang etc, and then I saw an article about Borderline Personality Disorder and it really reminded me of him?"
Another replied: "I do think David does fit a lot of the criteria for BPD and in a world where male mental health is being (rightly) highlighted, David will be a good character for this.
"It fits in organically with his character, the traumatic things he has endured over the years and I don’t think a soap has actually covered BPD before."
What are the symptoms of borderline personality disorder?
BPD is a long-term pattern of "abnormal behaviour" characterised by unstable emotions, sense of self and relationships with others.
People with borderline personality disorder may experience intense episodes of anger, depression and anxiety which can last for days, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
Sufferers may experience rapid mood swings and as a result, their interests and values can change quickly. They also tend to view things in extremes – such as all good or completely bad.
You might be diagnosed with BPD if you have at least five of the following nine symptoms, according to charity MIND:
- You feel very worried about people abandoning you, and would do anything to stop that happening.
- You have very intense emotions that last from a few hours to a few days and can change quickly (for example, from feeling very happy and confident to suddenly feeling low and sad).
- You don't have a strong sense of who you are, and it can change significantly depending on who you're with.
- You find it very hard to make and keep stable relationships.
- You feel empty a lot of the time.
- You act impulsively and do things that could harm you (such as binge eating, using drugs or driving dangerously).
- You often self-harm or have suicidal feelings.
- You have very intense feelings of anger, which are really difficult to control.
- When very stressed, you may also experience paranoia or dissociation.
A third agreed: "It would just be a really amazing storyline in my opinion, if they did it well."
David has faced his share of trauma over the years, with the troubled character drugged and raped by Josh Tucker in March 2018.
More recently, his wife Shona suffered memory loss and forgot who he was after being shot at Christmas – asking for a divorce and leaving him heartbroken.
Since then, the hairdresser has been seeking out danger, antagonising local gangs and daring them to chase him.
Corrie showrunner Iain MacLeod recently promised fans a happy ending for David and Shona, but admitted that it would be a "bumpy road".
He said: "David's challenge is to make her fall back in love with him. But she's also a different proposition too so he also has to fall back in love with her. Nobody has a long term desire to split them up so they will have a happy ending."
MacLeod, who has produced the soap since 2018, described the plot as a "a very unique and emotionally complicated story" and added: "At the bottom of it all is a love story really, they're like cheese and crackers – none are good without the other."
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