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EastEnders viewers may soon see a new arrival in Albert Square as Isaac Baptiste (played by Stevie Basaula) continues to struggle with his schizophrenia. On tonight’s episode of the BBC soap, Isaac was arrested after police found him clutching a broken glass bottle amid a schizophrenic episode. As Sheree Trueman (Suzette Llewellyn) grows increasingly concerned for her son’s welfare, could she feel the need to inform other family members of his condition?
Isaac, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, left his family incredibly worried after he decided to give up his medication earlier this month.
Sheree was highly concerned when she discovered he was having auditory hallucinations and urged her son to take his tablets, suggesting him the voices in his head will stop if he did.
Isaac agreed, but when his mum made a comment about Ruby Allen (Louisa Lytton) he began worrying about the safety of the kids in her care.
It comes after recent scenes showed Isaac being accused of kidnapping Lily Slater (Lillia Turner) and Arthur Fowler (Hunter Bell) after Ruby caught him trying to break into her home.
When police were called to his house Isaac bolted the door and refused to come out.
On tonight’s episode of EastEnders, Sheree and Patrick Trueman (Rudolph Walker) desperately tried to encourage their son to leave and when Lily and Arthur were found safe, the residents of Albert Square encouraged the police to leave, insisting this was a medical matter.
However, Isaac’s girlfriend Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold) didnt’ agree: “I don’t think they should leave. I’m scared he’s going to do something to hurt himself.”
But it was Lola who managed to coax Isaac outside: “Isaac you’re the best man that I’ve ever met. You can do this.”
When he appeared on the doorstep, Isaac was clutching a broken glass bottle and a police officer stepped in: “Get your hands where we can see them Mr Baptiste.”
“Babe, pass me the bottle,” Lola urged her boyfriend.
But, a confused Isaac stood frozen, overwhelmed by the crowd that had formed and as a result, the police officers used a taser on him.
The officers quickly placed Isaac in handcuffs and informed him he was under arrest and Sheree was left sobbing.
It’s likely Isaac will be sectioned and this will cause greater concern among his loved ones.
Having not been in Walford for very long, this is the first time viewers have witnessed a schizophrenic episode from Isaac, but it is thought he has suffered with it – and had it under control – for a while.
Sheree and Patrick are desperate to help their son and there’s a chance they could want to learn more about his condition.
According to the official NHS website for schizophrenia, the illness can run in families, “but no one single gene is thought to be responsible”.
“It’s more likely that different combinations of genes make people more vulnerable to the condition,” the information details.
“However, having these genes does not necessarily mean you’ll develop schizophrenia.”
With a chance Isaac’s schizophrenia could run in the family, will Sheree feel the need to reach out to other family members – perhaps Isaac has a son or daughter no one knows about – to make them aware?
As for what is going to happen next in the storyline, next week, at the Trueman/Fox’s, Lola has made Isaac a playlist as Patrick and Kim encourage her to visit him despite what Sheree thinks.
In the mental health unit, Rafe tells Sheree that Isaac doesn’t want to see her and when Lola arrives she’s not happy and leaves.
As for Isaac, he is struggling on the new medication and Lola tries to comfort him but he makes it clear he’s upset because Lola promised she wouldn’t let him get hurt and she’s heartbroken for him.
As Lola enters the mental health unit, Rafe informs her that Isaac doesn’t want to see her.
She comes back with a burger, professing to Rafe that she will come back every day with a burger until he is ready to see her.
If you or anyone you know has been affected by this storyline, please see Mind’s website here (https://www.mind.org.uk/) , or call free on their mental health helpline on 0300 123 3393.
EastEnders continues Thursday at 7:35pm on BBC One.
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