Drew Barrymore Opens Up About Having Postpartum Depression- “I really got under the cloud.”
Drew Barrymore is joining the fight against the stigma that has long accompanied mothers who experience postpartum depression. Hayden Panettiere was the latest celebrity to admit to having PPD after daughter, Kaya was born and has since entered rehab to help feel better. Now, Barrymore, 40 is opening up to People Magazine in their latest issue about her struggles after second daughter Frankie was born. The actress/entrepreneur is married to Will Kopelman and has an older daughter, Olive who is three and has not had an easy year, losing a half-sister in 2014. But, when she learned that she was expecting a second baby, it seemed like she had finally settled down from her rebellious teenage days which included drugs, alcohol and rehab. Now, Drew, who has a new eyeglass collection at Wal-Mart says her life with her two chldren and husband is: “It’s perfect and totally imperfect.”
Barrymore told the magazine that she did not experience postpartum depression with the birth of Olive so when Frankie, now eighteen months, was born, she could tell that something just was not right, “I didn’t have postpartum the first time so I didn’t understand it because I was like, ‘I feel great!’ 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.” It is not like she had any time to just be herself as she s releasing a book this month as well as a film next month so it really took a toll on how she was feeling: “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. It was just really challenging and I felt overwhelmed. I made a lot of decisions and I definitely changed my work life to suit my parenthood.”
Though she says it lasted about half a year, there are still moments when Barrymore can feel overwhelmed but she tries to keep herself in the here and now. “It’s really important. I was in the kids’ class with Frankie and Olive this morning and I started fretting about some piece of work news that was just stressful. 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, and we’re all doing our lollipop drums and I just thought, ‘Save it until after class.’ One thing at a time.” We wish her all the best and commend her for coming out and talking about an issue that is slowly becoming less taboo.