Obsessive-compulsive disorder sufferer Amanda Seyfried is shedding light on the mental illness in the latest issue of Allure magazine.
The newly-engaged actress makes a breathtaking appearance in the fashion magazine’s November issue, where she is looking to shatter the stigmas associated with seeking help for mental disorders.
The “Ted 2” star broached the subject while discussing recent home renovations on her upstate New York home, a project exposing the many symptoms of her disease.
When asked whether she takes medication to keep her symptoms at bay, Seyfried answers candidly: “Yeah. I’m on Lexapro, and I’ll never get off of it… I’m on the lowest dose. I don’t see the point of getting off of it,” she explains. “Whether it’s placebo or not, I don’t want to risk it.”
She continues, “A mental illness is a thing that people cast in a different category [compared to 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.”
Since being diagnosed at the age of 19, Seyfried admits her symptoms have diminished as she’s learned to identify important triggers. “As I get older, the compulsive thoughts and fears have diminished a lot,” she reveals. “Knowing that a lot of my fears are not reality-based really helps.”