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Drew Barrymore reveals she suffered postpartum depression

“I really got under the cloud”

In a new interview with PEOPLE magazine, actress and businesswoman Drew Barrymore has revealed she suffered postpartum depression after giving birth to her second daughter, Frankie, 18 months ago.
Barrymore says she sensed something wasn’t right, and that it was a feeling she hadn’t experienced after her firstborn, Olive, 3, was born. “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 said.
“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.”
And while she says her postpartum was “short lived – probably six months,” Barrymore is choosing to focus on the positives of the situation and says she is grateful for the experience that has taught her to stay more in the moment.
“It’s really important,” she explained. “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.”
“[But] I just thought, ‘Save it until after class.’ One thing at a time.”

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