Rita Simons health: EastEnders star’s disorder ‘I believed everyone was going to die'

Rita opened up about a disorder she has battled with since she was just three years old. The actress appeared on Lorraine and said: “From the age of about three I was, I guess you’d call me a ‘worrier’.

“I used to have obsessive compulsive behaviours, but I didn’t realise until I was older that’s what it was. A lot of people with OCD have a thing that they worry about, mine was that everyone was going to die.

“I would walk around with my grandparents’ address in my back pocket all the time, in case everybody died. I would do rituals and all sorts of things, in order to stop them dying.” After an incident as a teenager, Rita’s mum advised her to get help. The turning point came when the mother-of-two was 14, and she got stuck checking the mirror.

She explained: “When I was 14 I got stuck checking the mirror, for I don’t know how long, but my mum found me in a heap hyper-ventilating because I just wanted to get out of this mirror.

“And she said ‘Okay, I think we need to get some help for you,’ and we went and saw a Professor of Psychology, who to this day, I still speak to regularly.”



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