Hayden Panettiere is seeking professional help with her long battle against postpartum depression. She voluntarily checked into a treatment center so she could get professional help. Her character on Nashville also had a tough time with postpartum depression after her baby was born.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Panettiere Has Voluntarily Checked Into a Professional Treatment Center
Panettiere voluntarily checked herself into a treatment center so she could get professional help with her battle against postpartum depression, Us Weekly reported. Her daughter, Kaya Evodokia, is 10 months old.
2. She Has Been Open About Her Battle With Postpartum Depression
Panettiere has been publicly open about her struggle with postpartum depression. She’s struggled with it since Kaya was born to her and her fiance, Wladimir Klitschko, in December 2014. She feels very strongly that this is something people need to talk about, so women can know that they aren’t alone, Us Weekly reported.
3. She Said Postpartum Depression Is on a Spectrum And She’s Never Wanted to Hurt Her Child
Panettiere has said in interviews that postpartum depression occurs on a spectrum and not everyone wants to hurt their child, Us Weekly reported. She specified this because the character she plays on Nashville has had a more violent form of postpartum depression.
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…”
She added that a lot of people may want to brush off postpartum depression, thinking it’s just hormones. But it’s not. She said it can be very painful, very scary, and completely uncontrollable, People reported.
4. She Tweeted on Saturday That She Was Getting Better
On Saturday, Panettiere tweeted a series of light-hearted photos. Among them, she wrote that she was finally coming back into her body, but that having a daughter was well worth it.
5. Her Character on “Nashville” Also Suffers Postpartum Depression
The character that Panettiere plays on Nashville, Juliette Barnes, also suffers from postpartum depression. At the end of the third season, Barnes had descended into a violent postpartum depression, including throwing a snow globe at her husband while he was holding her baby. Many people applauded the show for the storyline, hoping it would reach women viewers and motivate them to seek help.
The Huffington Post wrote a story about the season finale, adding that women should know postpartum depression doesn’t always look like the violent form seen by Juliette. In fact, some women might feel too connected and never let their baby out of their sight or let anyone else hold their baby. Other mothers might be anxious or have panic attacks, plagued with obsessive thoughts that their baby is in danger.