Many celebrities have spoken up about their experience with postpartum depression, with Brooke Shields being the first to discuss using medication much to the disapproval of Tom Cruise. Others include Alanis Morissette and Hayden Panettiere - and now to join the list is Drew Barrymore.
After Barrymore was pregnant and gave birth to her first child Olive, she felt fine, but after the birth of Frankie, she felt "under the cloud."
Barrymore chatted with People about her problematic childhood, her plan for the future, and her struggle with postpartum depression.
At the age of 14, Barrymore found herself addicted to alcohol, weed, and cocaine. At one point of her life, she even felt like committing suicide. The lack of proper parenting and constant partying from a young age caused exposure to an adult lifestyle from a very early age.
When Barrymore was 12 years old, her mother admitted that her daughter was out of control. She placed Barrymore in an institution to teach her discipline and gratitude.
“My mom was like, ‘Someone figure this out; I can’t.’ It was like a military school for humility and gratitude and perspective. I had none. I had the weirdest life ever. And they kicked my ass until I walked out of there knowing what ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ meant for the first time in my life. I thank her every day for it. It was the best thing that ever happened to me.
Barrymore also defended her mother, who was incredibly young when she was raising Drew.
“[She] was doing her best while still being young herself. [Her] choices… are very hard to understand from the outside, but it was just two small people on this planet finding their own way. When you’re going to nightclubs at 7 years old and not going to school… it all got really out of control.”
With her focus being on changing her life for the better, Barrymore has learned from her mother's mistakes and has set the goal of giving her children a true childhood with partner Will Kopelman.
“I’ve become such a better person through Will and our kids. It’s all just made me better, you know? I feel like my life is an abundance – it’s perfect and totally imperfect. I’m so lucky.”
While Barrymore is unsure if she'll have more kids, she is very open with discussing her second child, Frankie. While short-lived, she did feel intense postpartum depression after her second kid was born.
“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 was] short-lived, probably six months.”
It is important for celebrities to bring to light the ups and downs of pregnancy, as most women experience postpartum depression after giving birth. This will help women realize there is nothing wrong with them so that they may be vocal and receive the help they need.
Thank you, Drew, Brooke, and Hayden. We need women like you to speak up so we know what we are experiencing is normal. At the end of the day, us women need to band together and help each other. There's nothing like feeling that support and love.