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Bryce Dallas Howard Opens Up About Homeopathic Remedy She Used To Battle Depression

4/19/2013 6:35pm EDT

Bryce Dallas HowardA homeopathic treatment made actress Bryce Dallas Howard realize she needed to seek help for depression after her son was born.

The gorgeous, green-eyed redhead didn't realize she was suffering from postpartum depression after the birth of her first child, Theo, in 2007 until she started a new treatment and became a totally different person.

The Twilight star explains, "It (depression) went untreated for, like, a year and a half... He (Theo) was born and I just felt like I was tumbling into this pit... I felt nothing normal at all, but I didn't know what that meant and I felt ashamed about it and it just got worse. I ended up doing this homeopathic treatment for something else... and it was just one day, suddenly, a light went on.

"I took the treatment in the morning and my friend came to me in the afternoon, and he was just like, 'Oh my God, you're back!' I just felt like the world had changed and then I started going to see doctors and I realized that something had been really, really wrong."

The Help actress avoided postpartum following the birth of her second child, Beatrice Jean, last year.

She recently direct a part of the Lifetime original movie Call Me Crazy: A Five Film to help shed light on mental illness after her own battle with clinical depression


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