Amanda Seyfried recently told a magazine that she has panic attacks and gets therapy. She's one of the few to admit that being a Hollywood actress is pretty hard on the psyche — and to be open about treatment. And while we wouldn't wish mental health issues on any individual, there's an upside for society at large.
According to ABC, Seyfried told British Glamour about her anxiety and panic: "I'll start worrying about my parents or my dog, and I'll picture him opening the window of my apartment and falling out, even though I can't get that thing open myself." She said that public scrutiny of her relationship with Ryan Phillippe made things worse, but therapy has helped — it's "been such a great tool. … I still do get terribly nervous, and that's partly due to the fact [that] I think too much and overanalyze things."
Seyfried has a history of opening up about her difficulties. Last year, she told Esquire that she hated her all-spinach-all-the-time diet, and said elsewhere that she needed to stay skinny in order to get roles. She also took a Lexapro in front of an Esquire reporter, commenting, "Yeah, yeah, I'm anxious." It shouldn't be a big deal — as of 2005, over 30 million Americans were taking antidepressants — but admitting to being in therapy or taking meds is still less common in Hollywood than, say, entering rehab.