Sunday 24 September 2017

'Mental illness should be taken as seriously as anything else' - Amanda Seyfried opens up about living with OCD

Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried at the Oscars in 2014, wearing Givenchy
Actors Thomas Sadoski (L) and Amanda Seyfried attend the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Mamma Mia! actress Amanda Seyfried has opened up about her battle with OCD.

Seyfried (30) suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and has been on anti-depressants for 11 years.

The actress revealed to Allure magazine that she doesn't see any "point" in stopping taking the drug.

"I’m on Lexapro, and I’ll never get off of it," she said.

Amanda Seyfried at the Oscars in 2014, wearing Givenchy
Amanda Seyfried at the Oscars in 2014, wearing Givenchy

"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?"

The Les Miserables actress spoke candidly about living with a mental illness and her experience in dealing with health anxiety.

"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. 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."

Actors Thomas Sadoski (L) and Amanda Seyfried attend the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Actors Thomas Sadoski (L) and Amanda Seyfried attend the 2015 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

"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.”

“It’s funny when insecurity hits you,” she said.

“Sometimes I feel I know the world so well, but then...it’s so debilitating. You’re like, What am I doing here? No one wants to see me. Why are you taking my picture? It’s stupid, it’s irrational, and it’s not all about me, but I make it about me because I’m insecure.”

Seyfried, who confirmed her engagement to Broadway star Thomas Sandoski earlier this month, is currently filming sci-fi thriller Anon, which is due for release in 2017.

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