During a recent podcast interview, Full House star Jodie Sweetin opened up about her struggles during quarantine, especially as someone who has a history of anxiety and depression.
Like millions of others during the COVID-19 pandemic, Sweetin has had a tough time since last March. The 39-year-old actress considers herself lucky to be able to spend so much time at home with her family. Additionally, no one in her immediate family has contracted COVID-19, which she’s grateful for. But for someone with depression, quarantine definitely hasn’t helped her mental state. In fact, it affected her physically as well since she lost more than 30 pounds due to added stress.
“I was not a fully functioning person,” Sweetin said on the Allison Interviews podcast. “I lost like 37 pounds during [quarantine], because I’m a stress starver, and not in a good way. I just stopped eating. I couldn’t keep food down.”
“I have severe anxiety and depression anyway. So it really didn’t do any favors for my mental health,” the Full House actress added. “I really struggled with it, and for me it was a time of feeling really out of control.”
Sweetin sympathizes with others during the pandemic who may have struggled as well. She worries about not only her own mental health, but everyone’s long-term mental health.
“I can only imagine, as semi-smooth sailing it was for us, what other people went through. I think that collective trauma and pain has really affected us,” she said. “And [it’s] really going to affect everyone’s mental health in ways that we haven’t seen yet.”
‘Full House’ Actress Makes Sure to Prioritize Her Mental Health
The mother of two continued to touch on the collective trauma that may impact us as a society for years to come. The Full House star specifically said she worries about front-line workers and children, including her own.
“I can’t imagine how it affected people who were working on the front lines,” Sweetin noted. “People who were nurses, people who were losing family members to COVID. I fell apart and I was managing to do okay but I was terrified for my kids and the world and all of it.”
Since 2008, Sweetin has been sober and has put an emphasis on her mental health. Following 15 years of drug and alcohol abuse, she’s made it a priority within her everyday life. The Full House actress is also thankful that the conversation around mental health has shifted in recent years. It’s now discussed more prominently and carries less of a stigma, and that’s helped Sweetin stay focused on her mental health needs.
“I’m always very honest that, for me, medication has been key. Otherwise, my struggle was so bad I wasn’t getting out of bed,” she said. “Now that I know when I need to speak up for myself, even into my thirties, feeling like I needed some therapy and I probably need a psychiatrist for some meds, and all of these things to start taking care of myself.”