‘Full House’ actress Andrea Barber details her depression

For years on “Full House,” actress Andrea Barber played unflappable best friend Kimmy Gibbler.

But when the family sitcom ended in 1995, there were no more punchlines and laughs for Barber, now 43. She dealt with severe anxiety and postpartum depression – all of which peaked nine months after the birth of her second child, Felicity, and stayed with her through her divorce in 2014.

Unable to eat, get out of bed, or care for her two young children during the 2007 episode, Barber moved in with her parents for a month, bringing the whole family.

“That’s when I realized, ‘Whoa, that’s bigger than me. It’s huge, and I can’t handle it myself. I need help,” she told the Post.

Barber details the breakdown and how she ultimately got through it in a new memoir, “Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again,” published by Citadel Press.

“It’s my soul laid bare,” says Barber, who writes that she overcame her 2007 depression with medication and therapy.

Born and raised in Orange County, Calif., the area she still calls home, Barber broke out as a child star on “Full House,” playing DJ Tanner’s goofy best friend. After finishing the show’s eighth and final season, Barber left Hollywood and didn’t return until two decades later when she took over the role of Netflix’s “Fuller House.” (Barber says she’s been in touch with her former co-star Lori Loughlin, who has been charged in the college admissions scandal. “She’s very near and dear to my heart, and I made sure that ‘She knows it,’ said Barbier.)

The reunion with the cast has been helpful for Barber, who has found ways to deal with his mental health over the years since it became an issue. She found respite in jogging and has now beaten four full marathons.

“Running was my salvation,” she says. “There is something to do for a long race and to think about [life] deeply. Coming home, suddenly my head cleared.

Another unexpected relief? The reunion of New Kids on the Block, the boy band she adored as a child, aligned with her divorce from Jeremy Rytky.

“I started going to their concerts more often because I suddenly had more free time when my kids were with their dad during our shared custody schedule,” she says, adding that she’s been on several cruises. chartered by the group. “It was a way to leave all my problems at home and live in the moment… It was an amazing mental release and a break from all the stress that was going on in my life.

Barber says she’s in a ‘pretty good’ place with her anxiety today, although she’s started seeing her therapist weekly again to cope with the sadness of filming ‘Fuller House’ in her fifth and final season.

“I just have to feel my feelings,” she says. “Fortunately, there are many people to kiss [on set] whom I love and who are going through exactly the same thing.

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