Pregnant Amanda Seyfried talks her OCD struggles and hopes for a future with less mental illness stigma
Amanda Seyfried announced this week that she and finance Thomas Sadoski are expecting what is going to be a very very talented child. The most important news, however? Is what Amanda is standing for during her pregnancy. She’s using her platform to bring light to mental illness and the stigmas attached, and how we as a society can move into a more accepting place, together.
In W Magazine, Amanda opened up about having OCD as a child, and how she wishes her younger self could have identified her feelings so she could adapt and cope without stressing. Thankfully Seyfried feels judgement about mental illness is easing up as time goes on, which she finds greatly relieving as she expects her first baby.
“If I’d only known when I was obsessive-compulsive about stuff when I was ten, I would have shared it with my parents and not thought that I was crazy.” Seyfried shared. “But I thought I was crazy.”
She mentioned that if someone could have diagnosed OCD in her at a young age, free of fear of an attached stigma or reputation of the diagnosis, she could have been spared a lot of grief.
“[It] could have saved ten years of my life feeling that I wasn’t normal. And I really hope the younger generations are hopefully feeling safer in being who they are.”
Amazing words from an expectant mother.