A JEREMY Kyle guest with PTSD told how he was starved of sleep, food and fags before appearing on air to face his estranged parents.
Charity worker David Wood, 35, who was put in care aged nine, claimed he was abused by his mum and dad.
He went on the show, he said, as he wanted to take a lie-detector test to prove he was telling the truth.
But he was not offered one and, instead of getting the closure he sought, finished up regretting the experience.
David said he was rattled when he went on air because researchers kept him awake until 3am. He said: “The Jeremy Kyle team bombarded me with calls. It must have been every ten or 15 minutes.
“I was getting more and more agitated and angry. They told me my parents had said I was a liar. I was thinking, ‘Please, just let me sleep’. I have to face my mum and dad for the first time in two years in the morning’.
“The next day I’d no time to have breakfast or a cigarette. I had no sleep, food or nicotine. I was very stressed.”
Dad David said he was also upset when he was asked to change his designer T-shirt.
David, of Stockton-on-Tees, Co Durham, said: “I normally wear nice clothes, with labels, but they said what I had on didn’t meet ITV standards.
“Instead, I was given a tartan Primark T-shirt to wear.
“By that point I was so desperate to get it all over and done with I didn’t care.
“The staff told me, ‘Go on stage. It does not matter if you swear. Say whatever you want. If you want to cry, cry. Say anything you have to, to get Jeremy to stick up for you’. I was told to be aggressive. There was a tense atmosphere in the studio.”
David said he was diagnosed with PTSD as a result of abuse his parents subjected him to. He was restrained by a security guard when his mother ran on the stage screaming at him. He said: “I’d never have hurt her, but I rushed at her. I was going to try and intimidate her.
“You don’t behave the way you usually would during a confrontation due to the state you’re in. You’re agitated.”
David does not believe the show should have been axed.
He said: “The only question I was asked beforehand was if I had a criminal record. I was surprised no-one asked if I had any mental health or general health problems.
“If they changed that and asked for a doctor’s note, or proof someone is fit to appear, I don’t see a problem with the show continuing.”
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