RITA Simons has revealed she is battling OCD, ADHD, anxiety and insomnia.
The 41-year-old actress is best known for playing boisterous and outspoken Roxy Mitchell in EastEnders, but in real life she is struggling with a series of health conditions.
Speaking to The Daily Star Sunday, Rita said: “I suffer with a million ‘isms’, including ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder].
“I also have really bad insomnia. The worst is when I can’t sleep at all and I’m up all night.
“Some nights I’m awake just staring at the wall. I don’t even watch TV or listen to music.
“It is awful. It is like torture. Sometimes it feels like I don’t sleep for days. It’s horrible.”
The star is also concerned that one of her 12-year-old twins, Maiya, also has similar health conditions.
She explained: “Maiya has a bit of OCD and I wouldn’t be surprised if she had some ADHD as well.
“She shows a lot of signs of being like me, which is one of the reasons why I have let her follow the drama route.”
Maiya – who is partially deaf – has joined a drama school and Rita has already seen a change in her little girls behaviour and attitude.
She said: “Since she has done performing arts she has settled down and has an outlet.
“She is thriving and I didn’t get that opportunity until much later.”
But Rita is worried about her children following in her footsteps and having to go trough the tough audition process.
She said: “The thought of her going into the industry as a hearing child is scary, but her being deaf makes it doubly scary.
“She has already asked if she didn’t get one audition because she was deaf, which broke my heart.”
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