“Nashville” star Hayden Panettiere has revealed that she is suffering from post-partum depression. Hayden gave birth last December to a daughter and states this has been a very private battle for her according to a Tuesday, September 29 report from Fox.
Hayden,26, spoke out publicly on her battle for the first time when she appeared on Monday on “Live with Kelly and Michael.” Coincidentally “Nashville” fans already know that Hayden’s character Juliette Barnes is dealing with postpartum depression also.“I can very much relate,” Panettiere said in an interview with “Live With Kelly and Michael.” “It’s something a lot of women experience.
When they tell you about postpartum depression you think it’s, ‘I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure my child, I want to hurt my child’ — I’ve never, ever had those feelings. Some women do. But you don’t realize how broad of a spectrum you can 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.”
The star stresses that understanding is key. “There’s a lot of misunderstandings — 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 kinda brush it off,” she points out.
However, Panettiere is not letting it deter from thinking about having more children with her fiance, 39-year-old Wladimir Klitschko.
“I would love to have a big family,” she reveals. “I always said four, but I’m not gonna speak too soon. One at a time.” That’s the spirit, but on a more serious note post-partum depression affects approximately one of 10 childbearing women and is considerably underdiagnosed.If you or someone you know believes they may be suffering from post-partum depression they should seek medical attention.