Hayden Panettiere Talks Postpartum Depression -- Every Mom Should Hear This

Hayden Panettiere opens up about postpartum depression

Things are only getting better for Hayden Panettiere. The 26-year-old Nashville star and mom opened up about life after treatment for postpartum depression -- and how she feels stronger for her 1-year-old daughter Kaya. Hayden spoke with reporters at the Critics' Choice Awards, and her message is one mothers everywhere need to hear.

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Hayden wasn't afraid to speak candidly about her journey, even if this happened to be her first red carpet appearance since entering a facility last October. In fact, she hopes her experience will encourage mothers who find themselves in similar situations to get help. She told E! News:

I was floored by the positive response and really happy I could stand up for the women who are out there suffering from this and let them know it's okay, they're not alone -- it doesn't mean they're weak, it doesn't mean they're a bad mom, it doesn't mean they're strange -- and that they could get help if they need it.

No longer feeling like she has to run in shame, Hayden admits she can finally be herself again -- and walk in her own truth -- now that she's faced PPD head on.

I’ve been hiding myself. Just putting out the smiling face, showing people this, and allowing that veil to come down — it’s like a weight off my shoulders.

This isn't Hayden's first time speaking out about postpartum depression. While speaking about her hit show Nashville on Live With Kelly and Michael (her character on the show battled PPD), Panettiere addressed the stigma surrounding postpartum depression, along with the importance of speaking up.

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I'm so happy that Hayden feels happier. So many women suffer from PPD -- sometimes without knowing it -- and don't get the support they need. It's estimated postpartum depression occurs in 15 percent of births, and can affect women differently. Sometimes, symptoms happen shortly after giving birth, and other times, it might take a while before you start to notice something is wrong.

Hayden, thank you for sharing your story.

No mother should ever feel guilty or ashamed if she finds herself struggling with postpartum depression. There's help, like Postpartum Support International, if you ever need to reach out.

You're never alone.

 

 

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