Out of all mental illnesses, obsessive compulsive disorder seems to be the one we joke about the most. But for actress Amanda Seyfried, having OCD is no laughing matter.
In an interview with Allure this month, Seyfried admits she recently renovated her home in upstate New York and chose not to include a stove in the guesthouse because it triggers her OCD.
"You could so easily burn down something if you leave the stove on. Or the oven," she worries.
Seyfried says she's been on medication for the disorder for 11 years and doesn't think she'll ever stop using it."
"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?”
Even though one in four people experiences mental health problems, it's taboo to discuss it. Some think it shows weakness; some think it's just an excuse to be exempt from work or other obligations. People incorrectly assume these things about mental illness because they don't know enough about it. And you know what would fix that? Talking about it — and we applaud Seyfried for leading the charge.
"A mental illness is a thing that people cast in a different category (from other illnesses), but I don’t think it is," the former Mean Girl adds. Instead, "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."
Though she's been dealing with OCD since she was 19, Seyfried doesn't consider herself to be "struggling" with it.
"I think OCD is a part of me that protects me," she told InStyle in 2012. "It’s also the part of me that I use in my job, in a positive way. The only thing I’d like to get beyond is my fear of driving over bridges and through tunnels. I can’t overcome it."
Seyfried has been opening up about her mental illnesses since 2012. She's also experienced anxiety and stage fright, but has seen a psychologist to work through it, according to People.