Ex-EastEnders star Rita Simons reveals she is battling OCD, ADHD, anxiety and insomnia

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.

Rita Simons has revealed she is battling OCD, ADHD, anxiety and insomnia

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.”

Rita is best known for playing Roxy Mitchell in EastEnders until 2017

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.”

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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.”

Rita finds meditation helps with her insomnia

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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Ex-EastEnders star Rita Simons reveals she is battling OCD, ADHD, anxiety and insomnia

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