Hayden Panettiere Seeks Professional Help for Postpartum Depression
After revealing she is struggling with postpartum depression during a television appearance last month, Hayden Panettiere has checked into a treatment facility. The singer and Nashville star welcomed daughter Kaya last winter.
Panettiere "is voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment center as she is currently battling postpartum depression," a rep tells People, asking the media to "respect her privacy during this time."
“It’s something a lot of women experience. When they tell you about postpartum depression you think it’s, ‘I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure my child, I want to hurt my child’ — I’ve never, ever had those feelings," Panettiere explained on Live With Kelly and Michael in September. "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."
“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 kinda brush it off,” she continued. "It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support.”
Panettiere, 26, is married to Wladimir Klitschko, who is a professional boxer. Kaya Evodokia was born in December 2014. Though she's battling PPD, the star says she would like to have more children.
On Saturday (Oct. 10), she posted the following on Twitter:
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