Amanda Seyfried is getting real about her difficult battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder. In one of her most candid interviews yet, the gorgeous ‘Mamma Mia’ star reveals the mental disorder causes her to ‘always worry.’ Read all the details of her struggle, right here.
Onscreen, Amanda Seyfried, 30, is one of the most vivacious and charismatic actresses out there, but behind closed doors, the blonde bombshell reveals that she suffers from a silent illness — obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). One of the most recognizable traits of the mental illness is excessive thoughts or obsessions, a symptom that often overwhelms Amanda in her daily life. “I always worry about people and how they use stoves, which is just a controlling thing,” she told to Allure magazine, noting that the appliance’s hot gas makes her nervous.
The Mean Girls alum has been taking a drug called Lexapro for 11 years to help ease her condition. People who take daily medicine are often looked down upon by society for being so dependent on a drug, but Amanda feels that perspective isn’t justified. “[Mental illness] should be taken as seriously as anything else,” she continues, adding, “You don’t see the mental illness: It’s not a mass; it’s not a cyst. But it’s there.” Remember, just because we don’t see blood or some type of injury, doesn’t mean someone is well.
Sticking by the actress’ side through her ongoing battle is fiancé Thomas Sadoski. The co-stars-turned romantic couple (who met on set of the play The Way We Get By) announced their engagement in Sept. No wedding plans have been shared yet, but since Amanda starred in Mamma Mia — a film about a HUGE Grecian wedding — we’re willing to bet that she’s a pro when it comes to planning for the big day. We’re so glad to see that Amanda’s struggle with OCD isn’t holding her back!
HollywoodLifers, isn’t Amanda so brave for publicly talking about her OCD?