Nashville’s Hayden Panettiere Checks in for Treatment for Post-Partum Depression
Nashville actress, Hayden Panettiere, is going through the same thing her character on the hit series is going through, postpartum depression.
Panettiere recently opened up about her difficulty with dealing with postpartum depression on the morning show, Live With Kelly and Michael, saying she could relate to her character Juliette Barnes. Juliette Barnes is handling her postpartum depression in a very different way than Panettiere, as she is in complete denial she has a child and refuses to be anywhere near her. Hayden spoke about her feelings and what she is going through saying,
“It’s something a lot of women experience. 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. 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 continued, “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 really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support.”
Panettiere went on to make a joke about it saying,
“Women are amazing. We do something that no man can do on this planet. I mean, we grow a human being in our body!”
Panettiere is requesting privacy at this time.
Hayden isn’t the first celebrity to bring postpartum depression to the forefront. Actress Brooke Shields spoke about her bout with postpartum depression in 2005 when she and Tom Cruise exchanged words after Cruise criticized her for taking antidepressants following the birth of her daughter Rowan.
Shields also spoke openly about her extreme, sometimes suicidal, feelings in a book she wrote, Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression