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Stacey’s erratic behavior causes concern amongst her friends and family

Stacey Branning’s mental health is on the decline, next week on EastEnders.

EESpy readers will know Stacey is suffering from a rare mental illness called postpartum psychosis, which causes hallucinations and mood swings.

Stacey is convinced that her newborn son is the son of God, and is having hallucinations. She turns up at church to see Dot, who becomes concerned for Stacey, and asks Reverend Stevens to speak to Stacey.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 02/01/2016 - Programme Name: Eastenders - TX: 06/01/2016 - Episode: 5206 (No. 5206) - Picture Shows: An erratic Stacey seeks help. Stacey Branning (LACEY TURNER) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 02/01/2016 - Programme Name: Eastenders - TX: 06/01/2016 - Episode: 5206 (No. 5206) - Picture Shows: Dot fetches Reverend Stevens to speak to Stacey. Dot Branning (JUNE BROWN), Stacey Branning (LACEY TURNER) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
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The following day, Stacey rushes to Dot’s house, but is stopped in her tracks by Carmel, who wants to see her new grandson.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 02/01/2016 - Programme Name: Eastenders - TX: 07/01/2016 - Episode: 5207 (No. 5207) - Picture Shows: Stacey tells a heartbroken Carmel to stay away from Arthur when she tries to touch him. Stacey Branning (LACEY TURNER), Carmel (BONNIE LANGFORD) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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But when Carmel tries to touch Arthur, she tells her to stay away.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 02/01/2016 - Programme Name: Eastenders - TX: 07/01/2016 - Episode: 5207 (No. 5207) - Picture Shows: Stacey tells a heartbroken Carmel to stay away from Arthur when she tries to touch him. Carmel (BONNIE LANGFORD), Stacey Branning (LACEY TURNER) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 02/01/2016 - Programme Name: Eastenders - TX: 07/01/2016 - Episode: 5207 (No. 5207) - Picture Shows: Stacey tells a heartbroken Carmel to stay away from Arthur when she tries to touch him. Carmel (BONNIE LANGFORD), Stacey Branning (LACEY TURNER) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Jack Barnes
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Later on, Stacey’s world is shattered in two when she is told Charlie has died.

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 02/01/2016 - Programme Name: Eastenders - TX: 07/01/2016 - Episode: 5207 (No. 5207) - Picture Shows: Kat tells Stacey that Charlie has died. Stacey Branning (LACEY TURNER), Kat Moon (JESSIE WALLACE) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
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WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 02/01/2016 - Programme Name: Eastenders - TX: 07/01/2016 - Episode: 5207 (No. 5207) - Picture Shows: Kat tells Stacey that Charlie has died and she runs away Stacey Branning (LACEY TURNER), Kat Moon (JESSIE WALLACE) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
© BBC / Kieron McCarron
WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 02/01/2016 - Programme Name: Eastenders - TX: 07/01/2016 - Episode: 5207 (No. 5207) - Picture Shows: Kat tells Stacey that Charlie has died and she runs away Stacey Branning (LACEY TURNER) - (C) BBC - Photographer: Kieron McCarron
© BBC / Kieron McCarron

EastEnders airs these scenes on the week commencing January 4th on BBC One.

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