Nashville actress Hayden Panettiere has voluntarily checked into a rehabilitation center for postpartum depression. The 26-year old welcomed her daughter, Kaya, last December with her 39-year old fiancé Wladimir Klitschko.
The Golden Globe nominee opened up about her struggles last month on Live! with Kelly and Michael, admitting “it’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support.”
Panettiere plays country singer Juliette Barnes on the ABC show Nashville, who is incidentally also struggling with postpartum depression following the birth of her own daughter.
The actress recognizes the parallel and admitted, “I can very much relate. It’s something a lot of women experience.”
According to statistics provided by the Center of Diseases Control, approximately 11 to 20% of women who give birth each year experience postpartum depression symptoms. Yet, there remains a stigma surrounding the condition.
“There’s a lot of misunderstanding,” Panettiere explained. “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.”
The actress, who also starred as Claire Bennet on the show Heroes, clarified that while some women do experience negative emotions towards their children, she has never wanted to hurt her daughter and never will. She even admitted she wouldn’t mind giving Kaya three more siblings.
“You don’t realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on,” Panettiere said. “It’s something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal.”
The actress last posted on social media Saturday, tweeting “Feeling like I’m #finally coming back in to my own body!mother #daughter #blessing #wellworthit @bonesthenskin.”
Panettiere’s representative requests that the public respect the actress’s privacy while she recovers.