Amanda Seyfried Opens Up About Her OCD

Amanda Seyfried opened up about living with obsessive-compulsive disorder and the stigmas that go along with seeking help for mental health issues while discussing home renovations in ‘Allure’'s November issue.

"I always worry about people and how they use stoves, which is just a controlling thing. You could so easily burn down something if you leave the stove on. Or the oven," she says, noting that her OCD is her main concern.

“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. 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?”  She continued, “A mental illness is a thing that people cast in a different category [from other illnesses], but I don’t think it is.”

Instead, Seyfried argued, “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.”

"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 tells the magazine. "I had pretty bad health anxiety that came from the OCD and thought I had a tumor in my brain. I had an MRI, and the neurologist referred me 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 really helps."

-Devashree Goenka