Hayden Panettiere was on Live! With Kelly and Michael last month when she admitted she had suffered postpartum depression after the birth of her first child, Kaya, in December. She didn’t go into details but did say she could relate to her Nashville character, Juliette Barnes, who is going through the same thing.
“It’s something a lot of women experience,” said Panettiere, who described PPD as “completely uncontrollable… really painful… really scary.”
She continued: “But you don’t realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that… It’s something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal.”
It sounded like Hayden was out of that particularly difficult stage of her depression but unfortunately Hayden is still suffering. Her rep told People magazine that she “is voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment center as she is currently battling postpartum depression.”
We have to applaud Panettiere, for not only being open about her struggles but also getting the help she needs. She’s also some kind of amazing superhero because it’s one thing for art to imitate life but this hits way too close to home. Honestly, how hard must it be for her to basically expose herself like this to the Nashville audience?
On Kelly and Michael, Hayden alluded to the “misunderstanding” that surrounds PPD and that, in fact, those suffering “need a lot of support.” Heck, yeah! More women need to know that it’s good to talk about it and OK to seek help. Here’s hoping she gets past this, with family, friends, fiancé Wladimir Klitschko and daughter Kaya, and begins to truly feel like herself again.
— hayden panettiere (@haydenpanettier) October 10, 2015