It’s no secret that actress Hayden Panettiere has struggled with postnatal depression since giving birth to her first daughter Kaya Evodokia in December of last year. And now, the 26-year-old has decided to check herself into a treatment centre.
Speaking to People.com, Hayden’s rep said: “She is voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment centre as she is currently battling postpartum depression. She asks that the media respect her privacy during this time.”
Last month, the star also appeared on Live! With Kelly and Michael, during which she discussed how she could resonate with her Nashville character Juliette since she also suffers from postnatal depression.
“I can very much relate. It’s something a lot of women experience. When you’re told about postnatal 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.”
Hayden, who also revealed she hopes to have four children in total, added: “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 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.”
Of childbirth as a whole, Hayden said: “Women are amazing. We do something that no man can do on this planet. I mean, we grow a human being in our body!”
Being a girl after our own hearts, though, she added that she wishes that her fiancé and boxer Wladimir Klitschko could “figure out a way to get pregnant.”