Lake Bell opens up about depression battle following complicated home childbirth of son in 2017

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Lake Bell opens up about depression battle following complicated home childbirth of son in 2017

Lake Bell said she had her first brush with depression after having a complicated childbirth with her son Ozgood more than two years ago, and eventually needed to take medication to treat it.

‘I had never felt that before,’ the 40-year-old actress said Wednesday appearing on the podcast 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.’

The New York City native welcomed the child via home birth in May 2017 with husband Scott Campbell. The child was hospitalized for nearly two weeks at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ NICU after he was born with his umbilical cord around his neck.

Opening up: Actress Lake Bell, 40, said she had her first brush with depression after having a complicated childbirth with her son Ozgood more than two years ago. She was snapped in LA earlier this year

Opening up: Actress Lake Bell, 40, said she had her first brush with depression after having a complicated childbirth with her son Ozgood more than two years ago. She was snapped in LA earlier this year 

‘We didn’t know whether he would be alive or walk or talk,’ the In a World… star said, noting that complications led her to try medication to level things out – against her traditionally holistic beliefs. 

‘I was like, “I need something, I can’t be a person.” I don’t know how to be,’ she said. ‘I had a little daughter too so I was like, “I gotta be a person and I don’t know how to find that!”’

The Home Again actress said she’d ‘gone through life not understanding medication at all’ and that it was ‘something that was the last resort’ if she had a medical issue to tend to.

‘I only take Advil if it’s absolutely necessary It’s the organic f***ing kumbaya way of living, very new age,’ she said, adding that her ‘judgment came from living a holistic life and very wellness-centric life.’

Happy life: Bell beamed in a recent shot with daughter Nova, four, and son Osgood, two

Happy life: Bell beamed in a recent shot with daughter Nova, four, and son Osgood, two

Family: The two tots posed with their dad, Bell's husband Scott Campbell, a tattoo artist

Family: The two tots posed with their dad, Bell’s husband Scott Campbell, a tattoo artist 

Bell, who is also mother to daughter Nova, four, described an exchange with her daughter amid a time she was ‘swirling with dark space.’

‘I remember my daughter saying at one point … “Go away, monster, you go away!”‘ Bell said. ‘And I was like, “What? Are you okay? Is there a monster here?” And she said, “He’s still here. Go away monster. You can’t play here!”‘

Bell said of her daughter’s remarks: ‘It was a feeling of a little person being very intuitive to there being a cloud of darkness here and she was trying to get it away.’

She said following that exchange, she decided to medicate for her well-being and her family’s, and subsequently received a prescription for Zoloft, which helped.

‘It took me to a place where I could be – I could just be,’ she said of the medication, which she said was a small dose. ‘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.’

Bell said she remained on Zoloft for around a year’s time before tapering off her doses. 

Bell stars on the show Bless This Mess, which begins its new season on ABC September 24.  

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