Amanda Seyfried Admits She Took Antidepressants During Pregnancy & Isn't Sorry for It

Amanda Seyfried

The stigma surrounding mental health often makes it incredibly hard for people to open up about their struggles -- and incredibly easy for people to throw stones of judgment. Amanda Seyfried admits she took antidepressants while pregnant and has sparked a much-needed discussion about mental health during pregnancy that deserves a listen.


During an interview on Dr. Berlin's Informed Pregnancy podcast, Seyfried admitted that doctors diagnosed her with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) on top of anxiety -- which led the 31-year-old actress to stay on Lexapro, a prescription drug that helps with anxiety and depression, during pregnancy.

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"I didn't get off my antidepressant," the new mom, who welcomed a baby girl in March with husband Thomas Sadoski, divulged during her interview. "I've been taking Lexapro for years and years and years, and I didn't get off of it. I was on an extremely low dose."

As you can see, Amanda is unashamed, as she feels "a healthy parent is a healthy kid."

Amanda also revealed she started cognitive behavioral therapy while pregnant. "I checked in because I was done working and pregnant and really wanted to figure out what I could do to prevent certain behaviors that I don't want to pass down to my daughter," Seyfried noted.

Since Amanda blessed us with her honest revelation, the Internet is sounding off -- and surprisingly has fairly nice things to say about the new mom.

"I can totally relate to Amanda!" one mom comments on Us Weekly. "... I was very uneducated about mental disorders ... [I]t can be a very dangerous thing to stop taking your meds while pregnant. Thank God baby and I made it through and were both very healthy. People who don't know what they are talking about, really need to keep their mouths shut."

"I think this was a very smart decision that she and her physician surely made together," writes another. "If it worked for her, great."

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The use of antidepressants while pregnant is still a controversial topic, though some doctors feel the potential risk of side effects don't outweigh the harm coming off medications poses for expectant moms.

"For years the medications used to treat anxiety and depression were not used during pregnancy for fear surrounding their potential side effect profile," Dr. Jaime Knopman, a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist, tells Us Weekly. "We now believe it is more harmful for a woman who suffers with anxiety and depression to be off of medications than on them. The negative emotional impact untreated psychiatric conditions can have during pregnancy can be worse than the potential impact of medications."

While the thought of an expectant mom taking an antidepressant might make some clutch their pearls -- and while antidepressants should be used at the recommendation of a doctor -- Amanda's willingness to go there and shine a light on such a vexed issue is pretty badass. 

"People are protecting the stigma by not being open about it and not being honest about it," Seyfried said in her interview.

You can check out Amanda's interview on Dr. Berlin's Informed Pregnancy podcast here:

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