Nashville star Hayden Panettiere is seeking treatment for postpartum depression.
"Hayden Panettiere is voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment center as she is currently battling postpartum depression," the actress’ rep confirmed to ET on Tuesday. "She asks that the media respect her privacy during this time."
Panettiere and fiance Wladimir Klitschko welcomed daughter Kaya in December 2014, and the actress has recently been open about the struggle that she and many new moms face.
"There’s a lot of misunderstanding — there’s a lot of people out there that think that it’s not real, that it’s not true, that it’s something that’s made up in their minds, that ‘Oh, it’s hormones.’ They brush it off," the actress said on Live! with Kelly and Michael in September. "It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support."
Panettiere’s character on Nashville has also struggled with postpartum depression, and the actress opened up to ET in August about how the storyline helped her better understand what she was going through in real life.
"What I thought postpartum was, was wanting to cause your child harm. You know, that really severe version of postpartum," the actress admitted. "Now, having had a child, I've realized that it can be on quite a large spectrum, and the symptoms don't have to be as in your face and obvious."
"I definitely struggled with that a little bit," Panettiere continued. "I never felt any ill feelings towards my daughter, and never thought, ‘I don't want to be a mom’ or ‘This is terrible’ or anything negative. But, my personality all around was, I wasn't in a great mode….It's not a good feeling but women need to know that there are a lot of different kinds and that they're not alone."
The actress has also been open about the physical changes of motherhood as well. She recently posted a Twitter pic about feeling confident in her post-baby body.
"Feeling like I'm #finally coming back in to my own body!" Panettiere wrote, adding the hashtags "#mother #daughter #blessing #wellworthit."