Emmerdale airs update on missing character

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Bob Hope has offered an update on daughter Cathy Hope following her exit in Emmerdale. The teen temporarily left the village earlier this month to go stay with half-brother Scott Windsor in the Lake District following a traumatic few weeks.

Cathy has been struggling with severe mood swings due to potentially having a condition called Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, which can cause significant distress during her period.

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In Thursday's (May 18) double bill, Cathy's father Bob revealed to Bernice Blackstock that he'd had "a long chat" with her on the phone the night before.

"She's doing okay, I think," Bob told a concerned Bernice, adding: "Scott says he's got her into abseiling."

Bernice assured Bob that this was "encouraging" news, though Bob admitted he's still struggling with blaming himself for not addressing Cathy's cries for help sooner.

Prior to leaving the village, Cathy had alarmed twin brother Heath and the rest of the family by suddenly going missing during one of her episodes. The teen eventually turned up on Brenda Walker's doorstep, explaining that she'd fled to a train station but just sat staring at the listings because she had no idea what to do.

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This is when Cathy finally agreed to get help, before suggesting some time away from the village would be beneficial because she didn't want everyone constantly worrying about her.

At the time of her on-screen departure, sources confirmed to Digital Spy that cast member Gabrielle Dowling would eventually return as Cathy following a short break from filming. Dowling has been playing Cathy since 2008, alongside her real life twin brother Sebastian Dowling as Cathy's sibling Heath.

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

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We encourage anyone who identifies with the topics raised in this article to reach out. Information about how to access support is available via the NHS, and organisations who can offer help include Samaritans on 116 123 or Mind on 0300 123 3393.

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