Hayden Panettiere is getting treatment for her ongoing postpartum depression, reports Us Weekly.
Panettiere’s postpartum depression first brought her into a rehab center last October, after giving birth to her first child, Kaya Evdokia Klitschko, with fiancé Wladimir Klitschko in December 2014. The actress took to Twitter on Thursday, May 12, to let her fans know that she would be checking back into rehab.
“The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life,” Panettiere wrote on Twitter. “Rather than stay stuck due to unhealthy coping mechanisms I have chosen to take time to reflect holistically on my health and life. Wish me luck!”
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Hayden, 26, has been able to maintain a pretty open dialogue about what she is going through and was very vocal about shining a light on postpartum depression. A source claims that the actress is currently receiving treatment in Utah.
“It’s something a lot of women experience,” Panettiere said during an appearance on Live! With Kelly and Michael. “When [you are 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.”
In January earlier this year, just three months after Hayden Panettiere checked herself into rehab, the Nashville star discussed her condition while on the red carpet for the Critics’ Choice Awards. Panettiere stated that she feels much more open now that he has publicly spoken about her postpartum depression. Her character of Juliette Barnes on Nashville — which has just been cancelled this week — also suffered through a very similar situation on the show.
— hayden panettiere (@haydenpanettier) May 12, 2016
Nashville‘s cancellation comes after the show has been on the air for four seasons, and fans of the show were certainly taken by surprise when they heard the news. Panettiere’s character did not have a strong presence in this fourth season, since the actress had stepped away to deal with her postpartum depression. The writers of the show were left to make up for her absence, by working the postpartum depression into the character of Juliette Barnes. However, it seems that the results were not very satisfying with Nashville fans.
This last season of the show brought in nearly 2 million less viewers than how many viewers the show got in its first season. New showrunners had already been picked out to tackle its fifth season, but that day will never come, unless the show were to get picked up by another network in the wake of its cancellation.
Juliette’s struggle with postpartum depression on Nashville was something that Hayden Panettiere tried not to link to her own personal life. The star was not able to admit and accept what she was going through, and put up various mental blocks in an attempt to try and cope and protect herself. Having to submerge herself into what her character was dealing with was difficult for Hayden at the time.
— Amanda (@amandsst) May 14, 2016
“It’s wild what the mind does. It kind of like puts up a block and you can’t associate, and I was having a lot of trouble associating,” Panettiere said.
Hayden is not the only actress/celebrity in Hollywood who has been open about their battle with postpartum depression. Gwyneth Paltrow took to her website GOOP to write about her battle in 2006 when her son Moses was born. Other celebrities who have been vocal about the issue include Celine Dion, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Brooke Shields.
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