‘I’m not a fan of me’: Joe Tracini drained by voice in head | Soaps


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Joe Tracini gave a vivid description of what he experiences inside his mind every day.

The son of Joe Pasquale compared the voice inside his brain to a director commenting on a film, which they detest.

While appearing on Good Morning Britain, the actor and comedian said: ‘I’m always aware of myself. You remember on DVDs, there used to be the director’s commentary? My life is like that but the director hates the film.

‘It’s the worst thing he’s ever seen, and he’s got to watch it on repeat for his entire life. That’s how draining and exhausting my life is,’ he continued.

‘I’m not a fan of me, not at all.’

Joe, 35, has a borderline personality disorder – something he has been open about in his Channel 4 documentary, Me And The Voice In My Head, and it is also the subject of his stand-up comedy show, 10 Things I Hate About Me, which he will perform at Apollo next month.

Joe gave a vivid description of what it’s like inside his mind (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

Being upfront about his struggles is something that Joe has found to be helpful while living with the condition. ‘Talking about it is the most productive thing that I do,’ he summarised.

Good Morning Britain host Ed Balls, who was co-hosting with Kate Garraway, was clearly in awe and complimented Joe for helping others by expressing how he feels.

In response, Joe said: ‘I know you meant that but a bit of my brain is broken so I can’t actually feel that you just said that nice thing.

‘I really appreciate that Ed. Thank you,’ he still later added.

Ed complimented Joe for his honesty (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

The NHS describes bipolar disorder as a mental health condition that affects your moods. The symptoms are emotional instability, disturbed patterns of thinking or perception, impulsive behaviour and intense but unstable relationships with others.

People with the condition can have episodes of depression, where they feel very low and lethargic, and mania, which leads them to feeling very high and overactive. The episodes can last for several weeks (or even longer).

Treatment options include therapy, medicine, and lifestyle advice, such as doing regular exercise, planning activities you enjoy that give you a sense of achievement, as well as advice on improving your diet and getting more sleep.

Joe is open about his mental health (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

Joe previously played Dennis Savage in the Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks from 2011 to 2014 and for a brief stint in 2018. He also starred in the BBC Three comedy series Coming of Age and the Boomerang children’s sitcom My Spy Family.

In 2022, Joe published the book, Ten Things I Hate About Me, where he wrote about having borderline personality disorder and his suicide attempts.

He tackled the subjects with sincerity but also gave humorous takes throughout the pages.

Previously, Joe penned a first-person piece for Metro.co.uk hoping to inspire hope in those suffering with their mental health.

He wrote: ‘You are definitely not hopeless. You might feel like you are because if you’re looking for hope it means you had some but you lost it. You might have less hope now than you’ve had in the past, but you’re not hopeless.’

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV1.

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