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Hayden Panettiere’s First Public Appearance Since Postpartum Depression Treatment

By Julie Fink
Posted On Nov 30, 2015
Hayden Panettiere’s First Public Appearance Since Postpartum Depression Treatment

Hayden Panettiere, and millions of women, have roughed the uphill battle of postpartum depression. The Nashville actress had recently checked into a facility for postpartum depression, 10 months after the birth of her daughter, Kaya.

She seems to be in good sprits after her first public appearance since seeking treatment. Panettier attended the IBF IBO WBO World Heavyweight World Championship fight over the weekend in Duesseldorf, Germany, to support fiancé Wladimir Klitschko. Her heavyweight hubby was defending his title against Tyson Fury.

In a statement to Us Weekly, the actress’ rep said, “Hayden Panetierre is voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment center as she is currently battling postpartum depression.” The rep also confirmed that the star was taking a medical leave from her ABC show, Nashville.

Don’t fret Hayden, we are here for you! According to the American Psychological Association, it’s common for women to experience the “baby blues” following their baby’s birth. Up to 1 in 7 experience the mood disorder known as postpartum depression.

Earlier this month, Nashville’s Riley Smith spoke to Us Weekly about Panetierre’s condition.

“I texted her, and she texted me right back and said, ‘I’m awesome,’” Smith told Us. “So hopefully she will be back on set soon.”

One of the most well known celebrities to speak out about the condition was Brooke Shields in 2005, who’s struggle with postpartum depression nearly took her life. In a conversation with New You, Shields disclosed that, ‘guilt grew from when I had postpartum depression.’ Along with a wide range of other feelings such as anxiety, panic, sadness, sorrow, etc., it is a very difficult disorder to manage. Shields was inspired to write about it soon after her recovery in 2006 called Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression.