Actress Hayden Panettiere's rep just told E Online that she is voluntarily seeking professional help for her postpartum depression and entering a treatment facility. She's been pretty open about the condition, speaking in interviews about the wide range of experiences new mothers with postpartum depression have, and how it has been misunderstood.
Here she is on Live with Kelly & Michael at the end of September:
"It's something a lot of women experience. 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."
Panettiere and husband Wladimir Klitschko had their daughter, Kaya, in December 2014. Interestingly, her character on Nashville is also a new mother with postpartum depression, because television imitates life. It's great that Panettiere is getting the help she needs so she can get back to being herself with the family she loves.