Amanda Seyfried recently made the decision to openly discuss her reliance on anti-depressant medication during an interview with Allure magazine in a move which is bound to resonate with fans suffering from the same condition as the much-loved Hollywood star.
While explaining that she chose not to install a stove in her guest house, she reasoned that it was likely due to her need for control – something which she feels stems from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Explaining that she manages the condition with the help of medication, Amanda insists she had no intention of weaning herself off it.
"I'm on Lexapro, and I'll never get off of it," she explained. "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."
Acknowledging the stigma attached to mental conditions, Amanda insists she refuses to feel shame for controlling symptoms with medication, saying: "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," she continued. "But it's there. Why do you need to prove it? If you can treat it, you treat it."