Amanda Seyfried has always been open about her struggles with dealing with OCD and anxiety. She’s become one of our many role models on the topic of mental health over the years and we’re thrilled that she’s now speaking out about the stigma of medication.
In her cover interview with Allure magazine she explained,
“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?”
Amanda added that although you can’t see mental illness it should be taken just as seriously as any other medical condition.
The actress said that she first sought treatment for anxiety after her OCD caused her to believe that she had developed a brain tumor. After receiving an MRI, Amanda was referred 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 has really helped.”
Amanda joins the ranks of female celebs that have opened up about the mental illness that ranges from everyone from Demi Lovato to Kristen Bell.