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She's best known for her portrayal of fiery Roxy Mitchell in EastEnders.
And Rita Simons has now revealed that she has a variety of anxiety and behavioural disorders, which have left her with a crippling sleep condition.
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The actress, 41 - who starred as Dame Barbara Windsor's on-screen niece in the long-running soap until 2017 - blamed her insomnia on OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and ADHD anxiety (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
Rita told the Daily Star: 'I suffer with a million 'isms', including ADHD. I also have really bad insomnia. The worst is when I can't sleep at all and I'm up all night.
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'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 former Albert Square actress confessed that meditation has really helped her to cope but admits that unfortunately her insomnia has returned after she's been lax on meditating.
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Rita - who was axed from Eastenders 18 months ago, and has just finished Legally Blonde The Musical - also confessed that she worries for her daughter Maiya, 12,...
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