Mental Health is a topic that had been a victim of prejudice for eons. For many years people strayed away from even having conversations around it. The stigmatization made mental illness synonymous with being “crazy”. However, ever since more and more people came forward about their experiences. The more conversations around it began. Even though in a conservative society mental illness is still stigmatized, its at least a relief that this doesn’t happen on a very large scale.
With many celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Ryan Reynolds, Adele, Beyonce, Miley Cyrus opening up about their mental health. The topic in itself isn’t much of a taboo with their fans being inspired to come forward as well.
Recently, Amanda Seyfried opened up about her anxiety, how it led her to believe she had a brain tumour and her Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
The 30-year-old actress said that her problem with OCD is rooted in her anxiety. The actress suffered from anxiety for a very long time. It was also the predicament for her fear of stoves. This also led her to fall into the pit of depression. Whilst the actress was pregnant she worried about going into a state of post-pregnancy depression called Postpartum Depression.
However, Seyfried said that it did not lead to what she worried about and is now way more happier with her child. She even said that the child acted as a tool for the betterment of her mental health.
Speaking of tools, Amanda said she had been taking Lexapro, antidepressants, for about 11 years. She said she wouldn’t stop taking them because there’s no point to it.
The mamma mia star said that mental health needs to be taken seriously, “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.”
OCD is a very widespread problem. It is not a joke and people suffering from it should seek professional help. However, there are various misconceptions regarding what OCD is. You would hear people casually talking about it when they say, “Oh I need my place clean I kind of has an OCD about it.” But OCD is much more complicated than that. It includes people compulsively washing their hands more times than necessary. People falling victim to OCD might also like to do things in pairs or in odd numbers. They’d want you to walk on their left or right and many such compulsive habits.
There are various psychiatrists ready to help you. All you need to do is reach out. Make conversations. Ask for help.