Amanda Seyfried Opens Up About her Mental Illness

Amanda Seyfried has spoken frankly about taking antidepressants and suffering OCD.

The Mean Girls actress opened up about her depression, anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in an intimate interview with Allure magazine.

"I'm on Lexapro [an anti-depressant drug], 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," she said. 

"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."

She also spoke about her OCD, saying she feels paranoid about people using a stove in the guest house on her farm.



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"I want people to eat in the house. Also, I always worry about people and how they use stoves. Which is just a controlling thing," she said.

"You could so easily burn down something if you leave the stove on. Or the oven."

She went on to talk about the anxiety she used to have about her health - a symptom of OCD. She even went in to have an MRI because she believed she had a tumour. However, she says this is getting better.

"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," she told Allure.

Amanda recently made headlines after announcing her engagement to Thomas Sadoski.

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