Hayden Panettiere Enters Treatment For Postpartum Depression

Hayden Panettiere, 26, is confirmed to have checked in to a treatment facility for her postpartum depression following the birth of her first child, 10-month-old daughter Kaya Evodokia.

A statement from her representative said, “Hayden Panettiere is voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment center as she is currently battling postpartum depression. She asks that the media respect her privacy during this time.”

The Nashville star has been vocal about her struggle since becoming a first-time mother with her fiance, boxer Wladimir Klitschko, in December 2014.

“I can very much relate. It’s something a lot of women experience,” said Panettiere at an appearance on Live! With Kelly and Michael last month. “When [you’re told] about postpartum 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,” she continued. “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.”

She added, “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 painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support.”

Panettiere’s character in Nashville, Juliette Barnes, is also suffering from postpartum depression.

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Prior to being casted on the hit ABC musical drama series, Panettiere was best known for playing Claire Bennet, a high school cheerleader with regenerative healing powers on the NBC series Heroes.

Panettiere dated her Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia from December 2007 to February 2009 before dating Klitschko later that year. She and the heavyweight boxing world champion called it quits in May 2011, citing the long-distance nature of their relationship as the reason for their split, but said they would remain close friends.

Following the breakup, Panettiere dated NFL player Scotty McKnight from June 2011 to December 2012. In April 2013, she confirmed that she and Klitschko had resumed their romantic relationship, and by October that same year, she announced their engagement.

Besides Nashville and her new life as a mother, Panettiere has also been kept busy by Until Dawn, an interactive drama survival horror video game for which she voiced and modeled the character Sam.

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