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Drew Barrymore struggled with postpartum depression

"I really got under the cloud," the actress said of her six-month battle.

By Annie Martin
Drew Barrymore struggled with postpartum depression
Drew Barrymore at the London premiere of 'Missing You Already' on September 17, 2015. The actress revealed she struggled with postpartum depression in a recent interview. File photo by Paul Treadway/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Drew Barrymore struggled with postpartum depression after welcoming her daughter Frankie.

The 40-year-old actress revealed as much in an interview for People magazine's Nov. 2 issue. Barrymore gave birth to her younger daughter in April 2014, and is also mother to 3-year-old daughter Olive with husband Will Kopelman.

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"I didn't have postpartum the first time so I didn't understand it because I was like, 'I feel great!'" she shared. "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."

"I just got right on the idea of, 'Where do I need to be the most?'" she said of work and motherhood. "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."

Barrymore's revelation comes amid growing awareness and dialogue about postpartum depression. Actress Hayden Panettiere detailed her own struggle with the condition in September before entering a treatment center this month.

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Drew Barrymore with daughter Frankie in May 2015. Instagram/Drew Barrymore

Barrymore announced last year she would take on fewer projects in order to focus on her family. The actress last appeared in Blended with Adam Sandler in 2014, and will next star in Miss You Already with Toni Collette.

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