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Drew Barrymore Opens Up About Postpartum Depression

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Drew Barrymore may have looked like she had it all together—two adorable daughters (Olive, 3, and Frankie, 18 months), a doting husband and a vibrant film career—but beneath her signature bubbly personality, Barrymore recently revealed that she was dealing with some demons of her own. She was fighting something that many moms struggle with but don't often talk about: postpartum depression.

The actress and director shared with People magazine that while she felt "great" after the birth of her first daughter Olive, the second time around with Frankie was a totally different postpartum experience. "The second time, I was like, 'Oh, whoa, I see what people talk about now. I understand,'" says Barrymore. "It's a different type of overwhelming with the second. I really got under the cloud."

Between her work commitments and her home commitments (hello, mom guilt!) Barrymore started to feel like she couldn't juggle it all, and felt challenged and "really overwhelmed." In the end, she ended up shifting around her work priorities so that it was more in line with her new role as a mom of two.

Ultimately Barrymore's postpartum lasted about six months, and while it was a difficult experience, she's thankful for a key lesson she learned through the experience that many moms find hard to follow: to enjoy 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 ... 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."

Barrymore is just one of several celeb moms that have publicly revealed their struggles with postpartum depression, including "Nashville" star Hayden Panettiere who recently entered a treatment center to deal with her PPD.

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