Former Neighbours actress Imogen Bailey, 41, has revealed her secret struggle with anxiety before hitting out at the use of social media.
On Saturday, the blonde beauty, who had a stint on the popular soap as Nicola West back in 2008, was candid in her remarks about the disorder.
Speaking to BW Magazine, Imogen confessed she was forced to hide her personal battle but tried to manage it by avoiding social situations.
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‘I had to hide it’: Former Neighbours actress Imogen Bailey, 41, reveals her secret battle with anxiety before hitting out at how isolating social media can be for young people. Here in 2012
‘I suffered from social anxiety when I was young and even in my adult world,’ she divulged, before saying she hid it throughout her career.
‘I avoided social situations and did the bare minimum appearances. People would comment “You’re so quiet” and that would make it worse, to have that attention.’
Imogen, who has featured on the cover of Ralph magazine, FHM Australia, and Black + White, went on to say she thinks social media could act as a trigger.
‘We’re living in a culture now where we are only as good as our last Instagram Story”: The blonde beauty was candid when speaking about the chaos caused by social media
She added that she worries about teenagers who are glued to their phones, who often miss out on the all important face-to-face interaction.
‘We’re living in a culture now where we are only as good as our last Instagram Story and if you’re using your fuel on social media, you won’t have time left to do it in person.’
Recalling her move to Los Angles, Imogen said she would able to address the problem head on by creating talking circles for women.
Starlet! The blonde bombshell appeared on Neighbours in 2008. she played Nicola West in the long-running soap. Pictured here in 2008
She also organises them for teenagers and men.
The blonde beauty went on to say that she often had female friends over in Los Angeles for chanting and storytelling, adding it held as many benefits as the gym.
Imogen, however, went in to battle against the practice being stereotyped as for ‘hippies,’ with her instead saying anyone can get the benefits of it.
‘People may think this is just a hippie thing with crystals and incense but I even do these in a corporate setting.’
Rise to fame: Imogen rose to fame as a covergirl only for Ralph magazine, FHM Australia, and Black + White. Pictured here in 2006