Amanda Seyfried Opens up About Living with OCD
Seyfried admits that she’s been taking medication to manage her OCD for over a decade. “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,” she reveals. “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,” she explains. “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.”
Before being diagnosed with OCD, Seyfried initially believed the illness she was suffering from was physical, “I had pretty bad health anxiety that came from the OCD and thought I had a tumor in my brain,” she recalls.
“I had an MRI, and the neurologist referred me to a psychiatrist,” she continues. “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.”