Hayden Panettiere has been applauded for being so public about suffering from postpartum depression. Although it still is a taboo issue in society, the Nashville actress bravely came out with her predicament, showing that facing it is better than shying away. Thanks to her full-frontal approach to her depression, Hayden has finally been able to get some “inner peace.”
Check out her latest post on Twitter.
She revealed that she was going back to rehab to get more treatment on Twitter, setting an example for women all over the world to be more public about their postpartum depression.
Hayden Panettiere wrote on her Twitter, “The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life. 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!”
That doesn’t mean she was totally confident about coming out to the public with something so private and personal.
“I was always so terrified that people weren’t going to accept me,” the 26-year-old actress said in the interview with Yahoo! Style. “I finally just went, I’m tired of living afraid. I’m tired of living in fear of what people are going to think, so, you know, I’m just going to put it all out there on the table and I’m not going to worry about the judgment.”
Of course, she would’t have been able to heal herself if it weren’t for her ever-supportive husband, Wladimir Klitschko, and her cute baby daughter Kaya. Her husband, who is also a boxer, has continuously been there for her and their baby as she continues to seek treatment.
Hayden didn’t forget to acknowledge his effort.
But, the actress has also been getting support from another source: Derek Hough. It looks like being in rehab means that she has plenty of time to keep pen pals.
“Hayden Panettiere has supposedly been receiving letters from her Nashville co-star Derek Hough while she seeks help for postpartum depression,” reports Belfast Telegraph. “Hayden is said to be staying in a Utah facility as she seeks help for the second time for her battle with postpartum depression, after the birth of her first child, daughter Kaya.”
“He thinks she’s a really great person,” an insider said according to the same source. “They bonded while filming, and he wants to let her know that he cares. He’s got a soft spot for her, and he doesn’t like seeing her go through this. She needs all the encouragement she can get, and it brightens up her day to hear from Derek. She couldn’t be more grateful for his friendship.”
In fact, Derek was there for her when Nashville decided to take on the issue of postpartum depression as a subject in the show, which made the show even more groundbreaking.
“As ‘Nashville’ ends, it leaves behind a mixed legacy as a series, but it should be remembered as a forerunner in its willingness to address an issue that affects so many women annually,” reports Los Angeles Times. “For all the show may have gotten right or wrong in its depiction of postpartum depression, what matters is that it, and more shows like it, are willing to have the conversation at all.”
Having an artistic partner, as well as her husband and baby daughter, to keep her company throughout her healing journey is likely very encouraging for Hayden.
Do you think she will be able to come out of rehab soon? Do you think she will continue to seek treatment? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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