The Tracy Barlow actress admitted that her anxiety problem had been "really bad" before her relationship with husband Jon Connerty.
Interviewed in today's Mirror newspaper, Ford divulged: "In my 20s I did have really bad OCD - I'd check things continually.
"I could check the oven 20 times before going to bed and all the sockets had to be turned off. It's like your brain gets stuck in a loop. I do still have a bit of OCD.
"When I'm in Manchester I do this thing on the phone with Jon every single night, where I go through a check-list of things he needs to do before he goes to bed.
"I say, 'Have you checked the oven's off? Have you checked you've locked the back door? Is the car locked? Is the intercom on to hear Otis? Is the alarm on?' I do it every night - I've never missed. I have to do it. One time I couldn't get in touch with him and I couldn't get to sleep.
"Jon indulges me in it. He probably hates it and I don't know whether he's really checked or not, but he says yes! Now when I check things just once I feel I've done really well."
The 35-year-old further disclosed that past problems with panic attacks were worsened by a poor diet and alcohol consumption.
"If you're tired you're more prone to it," she added. "I've had problems with anxiety and panic attacks in the past and if I'm not looking after myself, not getting enough exercise, eating the wrong things and drinking too much, I'm worse.
"So I'm trying to swim two or three times a week and I don't eat junk food. I've never eaten a McDonald's in my life."
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