Nashville star Hayden Panettiere is seeking professional treatment for postpartum depression.
Panettiere has been open about her struggle with the disorder since the birth of her first child, Kaya, with fiancé Wladimir Klitschko in December 2014. Panettiere’s feisty character on Nashville, Juliette Barnes, is also struggling with postpartum depression in this season’s storyline.
During an appearance on Live! With Kelly and Michael earlier this year, the 26-year-old actress openly discussed her battle with postpartum depression and the social stigma that surrounds the disorder.
“It’s something a lot of women experience. When you hear about postpartum depression, you think it’s ‘I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure or hurt my child,'” Panettiere explained. “I’ve never, ever had those feelings. 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.”