“I have never tried antidepressants. I probably should have after my first kid, when my postpartum blues felt deeper than I could handle,” she writes in her upcoming memoir, Yes, Please.
Though she initially just believed she was simply “tired and sad, “I remember the flat defeat I felt when my doctor suggested I ‘put on a dress and take in a Broadway show,’” the Saturday Night Live alum, 43, reveals.
Fortunately, Poehler says she “climbed out of that dark place,” but was forever changed by the experience.
“Rubbing shoulders with that depression made me keenly aware of the difference between being depressed and being DEPRESSED,” she admits.
“I love my boys so much I fear my heart will explode,” she writes. “I wonder if this love will crack open my chest and split me in half. It is scary, this love.”