Drew Barrymore on struggle with Postpartum Depression

The actress opens up about how her six month bout of postpartum depression made her a better mother.

Drew Barrymore has candidly revealed her struggles with postpartum depression after the birth of her second child, in an interview with PEOPLE Magazine.

"I didn't have postpartum the first time so I didn't understand it because I was like, 'I feel great!'" the 40-year-old shared. "The second time, I was like, 'Oh, whoa, I see what people talk abut now. I understand.' It's a different type of overwhelming with the second. I really got under the cloud."

Mother to Olive, 3, and Frankie, 1, Drew reveals she has now learnt to balance her time.

"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.

With the addition of a second child, Drew learnt to adjust. "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."



Me, Frankie and the flowers. #happymothersday

A photo posted by Drew Barrymore (@drewbarrymore) on

Drew's comments comes after actress Hayden Panettiere, 26, candidly spoke about her own struggles with the disorder. Hayden has since checked into a treatment centre.

Now that Drew has come out the other side of her six month bout with postpartum depression, she says the experience has made her a better mother - in particular learning how to stay in the moment.

"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," she told the publication.

"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."

Drew still admits that the has moments of self-doubt.

"I know work suffers when I'm with the kids. I know the kids suffer if I run away for work. I don't have the answers. But I've become such a better person through (husband) Will and our kids. It's all just made me better....I feel like my life is an abundance - it's perfect and totally imperfect. I'm so lucky."

Drew tied the knot with Will Kopelman in 2012. They began dating in 2011. 

The actress and founder of Flower Beauty Makeup & Cosmetics, will soon release Wildflower, a collection of personal stories.

This book of essays is thought of as a 'love letter' to her daughters.

Want more? We thought you might like this video.

Like this artice? Subscribe to our newsletter to get more articles like this delivered striaght to your inbox.

By registering you agree to our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Privacy Notice


Sign Out

Join the Conversation

Please note, LifeStyle cannot respond to all comments posted in our comments feed. If you have a comment or query you would like LifeStyle to respond to, please use our feedback form.