“The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life,” she tweeted on May 12. “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!”
Panettiere, whose show “Nashville” was recently cancelled, has apparently suffered from the disease since giving birth to her first child, daughter Kaya Evdokia, in December 2014. (The baby’s father is Panettiere’s fiance, Wladimir Klitschko.) She sought treatment for PPD for the first time last October. By January, she looked better than ever at the Critics Choice Awards, her first public appearance since leaving treatment.
“I feel like a different person walking on this red carpet,” she told “Access Hollywood” at the time. “I always felt a little socially awkward – I mean, I’m still socially awkward but I feel like I don’t have to hide myself as much anymore. And I can be true, and people will accept your scars and your bumps and your bruises and will relate to them, and I didn’t really know that until everything happened over this past year or so.”
Through her struggles, Panettiere has been refreshingly vocal about her postpartum depression, reflecting honestly about something that so many women go through. Though we can only imagine how hard it must have been to admit to the public (and herself) that she still needs help, it’s important to realize that postpartum depression is not easily cured, and affects up to 20 percent of women who give birth each year.
We applaud Panettiere for her brave fight against postpartum depression, and hope that she gets the help that she needs.
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