Hayden Panettiere seeks professional help for postpartum depression

Published Wednesday, Oct 14 2015, 09:06 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Hayden Panettiere has voluntarily checked into a treatment facility to seek help for postpartum depression.

Former Heroes star Hayden, 26, welcomed daughter Kaya in December with boxer fiancé Wladimir Klitschko.

Hayden Panettiere at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards - 26 September 2015.

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Her rep said in a statement: "Hayden Panettiere is voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment centre as she is currently battling postpartum depression. She asks that the media respect her privacy during this time."

Just last month, 26-year-old Hayden opened up on Live! With Kelly and Michael about her post-baby struggles and whether she can relate to her Nashville character Juliette Barnes, who also suffers with it.

"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 my child or I want to hurt my child.' I've never, ever had those feelings. Some women do.

"But you don't realise how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on, and it's something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they're not alone, and that it does heal."

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