Hayden Panettiere Calls Postpartum Depression 'Painful' And 'Scary'

Actress Hayden Panettiere has opened up about her real-life battle with postpartum depression.

During her appearance on Live! with Kelly and Michael Monday, the Nashville star did not hesitate to discuss her past struggle with it after she gave birth to her daughter, Kaya, last year.

"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... 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."

Panettiere further explained that there is a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to postpartum depression overall, claiming that quite a few people believe "that it's not real," "that it's not true," or even that "it's something that's made up in their minds."

"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."

The 26-year-old actress also opened up briefly about her battle with postpartum depression earlier this month for Us Weekly's "25 Things You Don't Know About Me" series. The former Heroes star admitted that she "suffered a bit of postpartum depression" during that interview and reassured other women that they were "not alone or crazy."

According to Postpartum Progress, between 11 and 20 percent of women that give birth each year experience symptoms related to postpartum depression. The report further claims that more women will suffer from it and related illnesses in a year than the combined number of new cases of leukemia, tuberculosis, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, lupus, Alzheimer's disease, and epilepsy.

Hayden Panettiere also has a chance to bring postpartum depression to the small-screen in the current season of Nashville.

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Recording Artists/Actors Chaley Rose, Charles Esten, Hayden Panettiere, Will Chase, Jonathan Jackson and Sam Palladio cast members of the ABC TV show Nashville attend SiriusXM The Highway presents The Music of "Nashville" Season 1, Vol. 1 at the SiriusXM Music City Theatre In Nashville, Tennessee at Bridgestone Arena on December 11, 2013.

After giving birth to her child, singer Juliette Barnes (played by Hayden) apparently struggles with the early stages of this particular type of clinical depression. As of the series' first episode from its fourth season, she still has not come to grips with the fact that she is suffering from it.

In real life, Hayden Panettiere is enjoying her experience as a first-time mother to her 9-month-old daughter, Kaya Evdokia Klitschko.

Hayden first met heavyweight boxer Vladimir Klitschko, her longtime fiance and the father of her child, in 2009. Glamour reported that the two met during the book launch party for a mutual friend.

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Hayden Panettiere and Vladimir Klitschko attend the Steiger Award 2011 at the Jahrhunderhalle on March 12, 2011 in Bochum, Germany.

In October 2013, Hayden confirmed that she and Vladimir took their relationship to the next level by getting engaged. In December 2014, she gave birth to the couple's first child. In the January 12 issue of People magazine, Hayden Panettiere joked that Kaya was a "great" child "as long as her bottomless pit of a stomach is fed."

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