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Rita Simons of EastEnders bares all, talks about her anxiety problems
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Noted English actress and singer Rita Simons, who essayed the role of Roxy Mitchell in the BBC soap opera EastEnders between 2007 and 2017, has revealed her battle with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Simons described the experience as feeling a terrible knot in her stomach. Simons reiterated how she found it exceedingly difficult to focus on her work owing to the physiological and psychological symptoms of the disorder.

Simons has joined the list of celebrities who came out in the open about their struggles with a mental health problem, a topic considered taboo and not discussed for fear of backlash and unwarranted stigmatization. Explaining how she decided to put her GAD to good use, Simons said she has managed to channelize her adrenaline to augment and uplift her performance on stage.

Simons, who would be seen playing the role of hairdresser Paulette in the theatre adaptation of Legally Blonde said, “My nerves are so bad. I haven’t made too much of a big deal out of this but it is well-documented, I have general anxiety disorder. I can get anxious just when I’m out at Tesco, I can feel anxious now in situations like this. …but I’ve learnt how to use GAD to make me better on stage.” Simons reiterated how it can be tricky when one tries to control anxiety symptoms in a somber manner, and the fact that she has learnt to cope with her manifestations by channeling her nerves differently.

Anxiety symptoms are pervasive in nature

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), one of the most common mental illnesses in the U.S. is anxiety disorder. Numbers published online by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reveal roughly 18 percent of Americans suffering from symptoms of the disorder.

ADAA data shows that nearly 6.8 million adult Americans are afflicted with signs of GAD with women being two times more likely to be affected than men. GAD is characterized by excessive worry about day-to-day problems for at least six months. Individuals with GAD may excessively show their concern about problems with their health, employment and relationships. Though such people realize that their anxiety is unwarranted, they face difficulty in calming themselves.

Treating mental diseases

Americans are experiencing a rise in prevalence of mental illnesses across the country. If left untreated, it can result in suicidal tendencies or other grievous mental disorders. Most people affected by mental health problems such as anxiety or depression do not seek necessary treatment fearing social isolation or are not well informed about their consequences. People should be made understand that a mental disorder is just like any physiological illness where the patients are required to seek expert advice or avail therapeutic help. Remember that mental illnesses can affect a person’s life as well as his/her ability to function on a daily basis.

There is an imminent need for increased access to care for the mentally disoriented. Mental disorders can be treated with timely medical intervention. Sovereign Health of Chandler, Arizona – a leader among women generalized anxiety treatment centers – offers customized evidence-based therapies to female patients for a variety of mental health disorders in its women’s mental health facilities.

Our women only mental health treatment center at Chandler offers comprehensive and individualized behavioral health treatment for female patients in a safe and supportive environment. For more information about our facilities offering generalized anxiety treatment, call our 24/7 helpline or chat online and speak to our admission specialist.

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