A worn out Kylie Platt is to take the first step down a slippery slope when she takes her own son’s ADHD medication.
With Max now having been prescribed pills for his condition, Kylie should be feeling relieved that her boy’s behaviour is improving. But she can’t help but feel that it’s her fault that Max has to take medication at all.
In scenes to be shown next week, Kylie will also feel jealous when she sees Audrey praising Fiz on her well-behaved girls. And after she sits up all night working over the salon accounts, Kylie’s sense of desperation grows.
Struggling to concentrate, she ends up swallowing two of Max’s pills. But how will best friend Eva react when Kylie confesses to the new depths to which she’s sunk? And will Kylie end up telling husband David? Actress Paula Lane tells us more…
How is Kylie feeling about the fact that Max has been diagnosed with ADHD?
She's disappointed that all her fears were confirmed and concerned about how he will cope taking the medication. She's relieved to be getting more support but she’s not seeing the bigger picture that ADHD is common – she still feels something could be wrong in his genes.
How come she still blames herself after the diagnosis?
Kylie, underneath all the bravado, has very low self-esteem when it comes to motherhood. Her actions in the past still haunt her. Nobody can convince her that she's a good mum - not even David. It's a major confidence issue with her. It doesn't help that the whole street knows about her past and she feels that people have been judging her from day one.
Is it a worry that Max is on medication even though he does seem better for it?
Kylie is concerned that they are taking the easy way out – she’s worried that he’ll have to take the medication long-term.