New Mom Hayden Panettiere Enters Treatment for Postpartum Depression

Being a mom is rough sometimes -- especially when you're dealing with depression. Nashville star Hayden Panettiere has never been shy about her battles with postpartum depression, and according to her reps, it's gotten severe enough that Panettiere has entered a treatment facility to deal with it.


Panettiere welcomed daughter Kaya last December with hubby Wladimir Klitschko, and it hasn't been an easy go for the 26-year-old. Much like her Nashville alter ego Juliette Barnes, she's been dealing with some pretty bad PPD.

So bad, in fact, that her rep confirmed on Tuesday that she is "voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment center as she is currently battling postpartum depression." The statement also asked that the media respect her privacy during this time.

All I have to say is that I'm so glad that she's chosen to speak out about the struggles so many other new moms face, and letting them know that they're not alone. It goes to show that PPD can affect anyone, even the rich and famous. 

In September, she shared part of her story on Live! With Kelly and Michael, saying that she could relate to Juliette's character, and that PPD is something that many other moms experience. She elaborated that postpartum depression isn't necessarily about having "negative feelings" toward your baby, or wanting to hurt or injure them.

"I've never, ever had those feelings," she clarified, continuing, "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."

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She also had something to say about people who might blame hormones for the mood disorder. She said that too many people brush off PPD, and don't understand that it's "completely uncontrollable."

Hopefully, Hayden gets the help she needs to overcome depression and get back to being her happy self. Getting help is the best thing she could possibly do for her family, and I hope that her willingness to share her journey inspires other women to ask for help when they need it 


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