Amanda Seyfried‘s honesty is so refreshing!
In the November issue of Allure magazine, Amanda opened up on her longterm struggle with OCD and her thoughts on our country’s stigmatization of mental health issues.
Similarly to a few other stars like Ellie Goulding and Selena Gomez, the actress has battled mental issues throughout her rise to fame. In fact, the beauty has lived with OCD for most of her adult life, a disease she treats with the antidepressant/anti-anxiety medication Lexapro.
According to Seyfried, she was referred to a psychiatrist after falsely believing she had developed a tumor in her brain:
“I had pretty bad health anxiety that came from the OCD and thought I had a tumor in my brain. I had an MRI, and the neurologist referred me to a psychiatrist. As I get older, the compulsive thoughts and fears have diminished a lot. Knowing that a lot of my fears are not reality-based really helps.”
What a scary experience! We bet a lot of people can relate to the pitfalls of imagined fears.
Luckily for the 30-year-old, she was able to seek help for her issues:
“Yeah. I’m on Lexapro, and I’ll never get off of it. I’ve been on it since I was 19, so 11 years. I’m on the lowest dose. I don’t see the point of getting off of it. Whether it’s placebo or not, I don’t want to risk it. And what are you fighting against? Just the stigma of using a tool? A mental illness is a thing that people cast in a different category [from other illnesses], but I don’t think it is. It should be taken as seriously as anything else. You don’t see the mental illness: It’s not a mass; it’s not a cyst. But it’s there. Why do you need to prove it? If you can treat it, you treat it.”
Preach, girl! There’s nothing wrong with treating your illness and revealing your hard truths!
So, can you relate to Amanda’s story?
[Image via Allure.]