Like many people, Amanda Seyfried experiences anxiety.
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She has used psychotherapy, counseling, medication (Lexapro) and drinking to deal with her feelings.
One example: she admits to getting some “liquid courage” from alcohol to appear on talk shows. She sought therapy after getting drunk before her appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2012.
Seyfried notes she was obsessive as a child:
“I would have to be really organized — too organized. Things like straightening my room didn’t feel right to me; I’d have to redo it and redo it.”
But she thinks “that kind of anxiety in me, that obsession, was helpful. I use it in my acting. It’s something I don’t want to give up feeling, because it gives me an edge.”
Many talented actors, singers or other performers like Seyfried may want to keep an “edge” to feel they are working at their best.
A positive “edge” may be high energy, plus excitement mixed with some fear – but not really anxiety, which can interfere with creative expression.