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Trial and Error Kerry Katona admits she's off bipolar meds but still suffers 'manic episodes'

The former Atomic Kitten star (41) revealed that she was no longer taking medication for her condition, which she was diagnosed with back in 2005.

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Kerry Katona

Kerry Katona

Kerry Katona

Kerry Katona has said that she suffers “manic episodes” caused by her bipolar disorder in a new health update.

The former Atomic Kitten star (41) revealed that she was no longer taking medication for her condition, which she was diagnosed with back in 2005.

Speaking on GB News with Eamonn Holmes and Isabel Webster, Kerry shared an update on her current condition.

“I'm very hyper and I get very manic,” she explained.

“I have really manic episodes and these can last for weeks and then I come crashing down, that is almost like being on a drug itself.

“They are the traits of being on some kind of drug anyway.”

She then opened up about her infamous 2008 This Morning interview, where she appeared to slur her words while chatting to Phillip Schofield and Fern Britton.

Many people claimed she was under the influence at the time, which the mum-of-five has always refuted and insists that her behaviour was caused by the medication she was on for bipolar.

“For me, I've had such a bad experience with my medication, years ago I did a TV show This Morning and my speech was really, really slurred due to my medication.

“I went on lots of different medications, which they call trial and error, to find the right kind of dosage for your manic and depressive episodes.

“There was a very famous interview where because of my medication, it makes your speech very, very slow. Because I can be very manic and things are 100 miles an hour in my head, I'm very animated but I'm on no medication at the moment.

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She continued: “Because my speech was slurred, I got asked if I was an alcoholic and I was like 'No, I've got an illness called bipolar, I'm on medication.’

“I was never once asked what medication I was on, nobody asked me that on national live television. For ten years, I was crucified for it.

“All those years ago, we weren't aware of mental health, nobody spoke about it.

“I'll admit I've done drugs, I'll admit I've drank, I've done all of that – I've been clean for 13 years and I have no reason to lie,” she added.

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