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The Bold and the Beautiful's Matthew Atkinson: Thomas Has a "Severe Mental Illness"

Matthew Atkinson

The Bold and the Beautiful is featuring an unusual storyline at the moment. Thomas Forrester (Matthew Atkinson), who seemed over his obsession with Hope Logan Spencer (Annika Noelle), is now hearing a Hope mannequin talking to him.

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What's going on with the young Mr. Forrester? Atkinson talked with TV Insider and said Thomas is suffering in a way we might not have imagined. He explained:

We have a guy who's suffering from severe mental illness. He doesn’t understand that this is happening; he’s living in a reality that’s very different from the one most people live in. A lot of people are suffering from mental illness and maybe we should talk about these things a little more?

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Atkinson also noted that he spoke to a psychologist about "paranoid schizophrenia." But did Bold's use of dolls for love scenes inspire this unusual storyline? He mused:

That likely put a nugget [of an idea] into the writers’ brains. And it was brilliant that the writers said, "Let’s have someone talk to a doll.’

With Thomas battling a mental illness, is it time for his psychiatrist mom to come home? Atkinson suggested:

When I first came onto the show, Taylor (Hunter Tylo) was there. I 100% agree that now would be the perfect time for Taylor to come back into her son’s life. He’s fallen off a cliff and fallen into what could have been a vat of acid. There are times she could have come back [before], but there are logistics in making that happen. You have to find a way to make it work.