Hayden Panettiere enters treatment facility to address postpartum depression
Babies. They’re cute and cuddly and chunky and yay! Babies! But sometimes, as Hayden Panettiere can tell you, it’s not all rainbows and sunshine after giving birth.
The Nashville star has been quite open about her battle with postpartum depression, a very real affliction that many don’t like to talk about or even admit that they’re suffering with. Now, the 26-year-old actress is “voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment center” as she battles PPD, her rep told E! News, adding that the Heroes alum is “asking that the media respect her privacy at this time.”
Many new moms experience the “baby blues” a few days after birth — there’s crying, anxiety, mood swings. It’s no fun. But in most cases the symptoms clear up in a couple weeks. PPD, however, is more severe and long-lasting.
Panettiere’s daughter, Kaya Evodokia, is 10 months old, and mom is still struggling. The actress, who in December welcomed her first child with her fiance, professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko, opened up about PPD last month on Live! with Kelly and Michael.
“I can very much relate,” Panettiere said of the character she plays on Nashville, who on the series is displaying erratic behavior as a result of her battle with PPD. “It’s something a lot of women experience. When [you’re told] about postpartum depression you think it’s 'I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure or hurt my child’ — I’ve never, ever had those feelings. Some women do. But you don’t realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It’s something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal.”
Addressing the stigma surrounding the condition, she said, “There’s a lot of misunderstanding — there’s a lot of people out there that think that it’s not real, that it’s not true, that it’s something that’s made up in their minds, that 'Oh, it’s hormones.’ They brush it off. It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support.”
Added Panettiere, “Women are amazing. We do something that no man can do on this planet. I mean, we grow a human being in our body!”
The actress last posted on social media on Saturday captioning a Twitter photo, “Feeling like I’m #finally coming back in to my own body!mother #daughter #blessing #wellworthit.”