Gwyneth Paltrow reveals she suffered from postnatal depression

Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow has opened up about suffering from the mental illness of postnatal depression after the birth of her second child.

Gwyneth Paltrow, world famous actress has proven that anyone can suffer from postnatal depression, after opening up about feeling ‘really down’ after the birth of her second child.

Known for her roles in films such as Shakespeare in Love and Iron Man, the 44 year old revealed she experienced postnatal depression after giving birth to her son Moses 2 years ago.

‘I felt really out of my body. I felt really disconnected,’ she says.

‘I felt really down, I felt pessimistic. I didn’t know I had it until it was over.’

Gwyneth, 44, thinks it may have been caused by the stress of being a full-time mum.

‘When I had Apple, I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving her,’ she tells Vogue.

‘When I work, I leave the house before the kids are awake. And I come home and they’re asleep. So that’s why, ever since having them, I’ve never played a lead in a movie.’

Being an actor is an intense job with long working hours and periods of time away from home but now she tries to get a good balance between work and family life.

‘I keep everything very simple,’ she adds. ‘I think the thing that drives most working mothers crazy is this idea that they can’t do everything.

‘But I find that as long as you’re not depressed, if you simplify everything, you can do anything.’

Gwyneth is married to Coldplay star Chris Martin, 39.