Amanda Seyfried just opened up about her experience with mental illness. What she has to say is gonna hit pretty close to the bone for people who've been through something similar, but it needs to be said.
Seyfried has been taking medication to assist with her OCD for 11 years, and isn't about to let ignorance shame her for helping herself, telling Allure:
"I’m on Lexapro, and I’ll never get off of it. I’m on the lowest dose, and I don’t see the point of getting off of it. Whether it’s placebo or not, I don’t want to risk it.
What are you fighting against? Just the stigma of using a tool? [Mental illness] should be taken as seriously as anything else… if you can treat it, you treat it."
Seyfried has achieved amazing things despite dealing with the total asshole that is mental illness for so long. Fans can see her rock the new Twin Peaks, coming to TV in 2017.
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Seyfried said that her OCD created some horrible anxiety, particularly a distressing bout of hypochondria:
"I thought I had a tumor in my brain… I had an MRI, and the neurologist referred me to a psychiatrist. Knowing that a lot of my fears are not reality-based really helps."
Thank you for speaking up, Amanda. More people need to know that mental illness is common, treatable and normal. If you're suffering from mental illness, you're in good company: Reach out, know the signs and get some help.
Have you ever struggled with any kind of mental illness?