Amanda Seyfried has been secretly waging a war with OCD for more than eleven years now. She has finally decided to tell it like it is.
Most people would know Amanda Seyfried for her amazing acting skills in films such as “Mamma Mia”, “Mean Girls”, “Dear John”, “In Time” and so on.
But what many people are unaware of is the struggle that this exceptional actress has to go through to keep a major mental condition at bay.
In a candid interview with Allure, Amanda Seyfried opened up about the how she is will never stop taking meds for OCD, lest it were to return again and how her illness sometimes escalated to paranoia, when she couldn’t tell what’s real and what’s not.
Even though eleven years has gone by, and her condition seems to be almost under control, Amanda still prefers to take her meds for OCD on a regular basis.
“I’m on Lexapro, and I’ll never get off 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 it. Whether it’s placebo or not, I don’t want to risk it,” said Seyfried.
Seyfried also had to learn the hard way that mental health is no joke. It is just as important as one’s physical health, despite the fact that no physical scars or abnormalities can be seen.
“Why do you need to prove it? If you can treat it, you treat it,” said Seyfried, who has first-hand experience of the fact.
When she was suffering from an advanced case of OCD, she would often have paranoia, which once made her believe that she has a brain tumor. On having an MRI done, her neurologist told her to visit a psychiatrist.
The actress did not only take his advice under consideration but has been going to a therapist ever since. And she is not ashamed to admit it.
“[Therapy] is coping with life,” she told Marie Claire. “I just think, ‘You go to the doctor about heart problems, or an eye doctor if you have an infection.’ You have to take care of yourself.”
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