Drew Barrymore Opens Up About Her Experience With Postpartum Depression

"I really got under the cloud.”

In a new interview with People magazine, Drew Barrymore reveals she struggled with postpartum depression after giving birth to her second child.

“I didn’t have postpartum the first time, so I didn’t understand it because I was like, ‘I feel great!’" she recalled. "The second time, I was like, ‘Oh, whoa, I see what people talk about now. I understand.' It’s a different type of overwhelming with the second. I really got under the cloud.”

The actress, who is mom to 3-year-old Olive and 18-month-old Frankie with husband Will Kopelman, added that the experience was “short-lived, probably six months.”

In the interview, Barrymore also said she felt "overwhelmed" by the work/family balancing act. “I just got right on the idea of, where do I need to be the most? Fifty-fifty would be ideal but life doesn’t work like that. Life is messy,” she said.

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Her bout with postpartum depression pushed her to focus on being present for her kids and living in the moment, the actress continued. Barrymore shared an anecdote about a time she was worrying about a work-related issue while attending a kids' class with her two daughters.

“You know, in like the Broadway Babies class and it’s the one-hit wonders day, and they’re singing I don’t even know what song," she said. "And we’re all doing our lollipop drums and I just thought, ‘Save it until after class.’ One thing at a time.”

Ultimately, when asked to describe life with her husband and children, Barrymore had a simple response: “It’s perfect and totally imperfect."

She hit the nail on the head. Cheers to Drew for opening up about her difficult experience.

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