Amanda Seyfried helps us understand anxiety and mental health!
Anxiety can be one of the hardest trials that a person can deal with because those who don’t have anxiety, don’t understand what it feels like and it can be a hard battle to fight alone. But it helps when people who struggle with anxiety and OCD open up and talk about the problem (I myself have had to deal with a lot of anxiety that stems back from my childhood). And that’s why we’re glad that Amanda Seyfried has opened up about her anxiety and OCD to Allure magazine’s November 2016 issue.
She opened up about mental illness and how she has had to deal with anxiety. She said:
“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? A mental illness is a thing that people cast in a different category [from 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. 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.”
And those with anxiety know that insecurity can hit like a rock, making you feel completely debilitated. It’s not easy when you feel insecure with yourself in life. She said:
“It’s funny when insecurity hits you. Sometimes I feel I know the world so well, but then…it’s so debilitating. You’re like, What am I doing here? No one wants to see me. Why are you taking my picture? It’s stupid, it’s irrational, and it’s not all about me, but I make it about me because I’m insecure.”
When anxiety hits, it takes over your mind and the thoughts are hard to control. We’re glad that Amanda Seyfried is opening up about the topic. She’s better helping the world understand how difficult it can be to battle an anxiety disorder. And talking is what changes the worlds perspective on many subjects. It’s important to remember that you’re still worth it, even with anxiety and you’re not alone in the world.
Personally, I think it’s a subject that people don’t like to talk about because (those of us who suffer from it) it feels embarrassing. Have you ever struggled with anxiety? What types of coping methods do you use? Sound off!