Lake Bell has revealed she turned to medication after having a traumatic home birth experience.
The 40-year-old actress recently told the stories of her home births where both her daughter, Nova, and son, Ozzy, were born with the umbilical cord wrapped around their necks and were unable to breathe. While Nova quickly recovered, Ozzy had to be rushed to the NICU.
It was after this second scare that Bell stopped feeling like herself.
“I was like I need something, I can’t be a person. I don’t know how to be … I had never felt that before,” she said on Wednesday’s episode of “The Conversation with Amanda De Cadenet.” “My heart aches for those who feel that through the hardship of their life every day, like, I have felt it. I know what it is and it’s a monster. It’s a demon.”
This is when the star decided that medicine might help.
“I took a medication called Zoloft, a very low dose and this was again, a person who was afraid of Advil, and I begged for it and I begged for it for my own well-being and for my family’s well-being … and it took me to a place where I could be. I could just be,” she said. “It was rational. I needed to just be Lake and I felt finally like I could breathe the air that Lake breaths, not like some other person that I don’t recognize.”
The actress was on the antidepressant for about a year before tapering off.
While Bell was always into the “organic f—king kumbaya way of living,” she shared her story because she wants to destigmatize the use of medication as well as seeking professional help from therapists.
“I think parents, we really are in it together,” she said.
Bell welcomed Ozzy in June 2017 and Nova in 2014, a year after she married tattoo artist Scott Campbell in 2013.