Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Hayden Panettiere takes time out as postnatal depression affects “every aspect of my life”

hayden panettiere critics choice january 2016 post-partum depression 1.jpg

Actor Hayden Panettiere is taking time out to continue her treatment for postnatal depression.

Having been open about previously visiting a rehab clinic following the arrival of daughter Kaya Evdokiain, born December 2014, Panettiere said on Twitter this week that the debilitating condition had “impacted every aspect of my life.”

She continued: “Rather than stay stuck due to unhealthy coping mechanisms, I have chosen to take time to reflect holistically on my health and life.”

It is unclear whether the 26-year-old has chosen to be treated at a clinic again, though some publications claim she has checked into a rehab facility in the US.

Panettiere, engaged to boxer Wladimir Klitschko, first revealed she'd had post-partum depression in September 2015 and sought professional treatment the following October. She said at the time, “I was like, ‘Why should I be ashamed or hide when it costs so much?’ It costs me so much to hide. It costs you so much to lie.”

In March this year, she discussed the misconceptions some have about the condition, saying: “If you think for one second that a mother wants to feel that way toward her child, you’re outta your mind. It is one of the most debilitating, scary, guilty feelings that you can ever feel.

“That a mother would not be able to connect with their child, would not be able to get a grip, or would not know what’s going on, for anybody to say that it’s false or created by us, you must have your head examined.”

And in another interview, she described the experience as “like being in a tunnel”.

“You can’t even remember when you felt good,” she told People magazine. “You try and think back to when you felt good, when you felt positive, when you felt happy, and you can’t. All you see is this enveloping darkness.”

hayden panettiere Wladimir Klitschko december 2015 post-partum depression

Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko pictured in 2013

The star, whose show Nashville was coincidentally revealed to have been cancelled on the same day as her Twitter message, hopes to use her personal struggles to encourage other mums to seek help, and other big names have been similarly open of late, with Drew Barrymore saying in October last year, “I really got under the cloud”.

If you or someone you know would like advice on postnatal depression, visit the NHS website here or Mind's website here

Images: Rex Features



Two mothers share their experiences of postnatal depression

Stephanie Rothstein Bruce marathon runner.jpg

Marathon runner's post-partum body photos go viral


What not to say to your friend when she announces she’s pregnant


Kim Cattrall opens up about her battle with insomnia


Hayden Panettiere: post-partum depression is not a fake condition


The #WhatYouDontSee campaign is tackling stigma of depression

giovanna fletcher pregnancy body shaming.jpg

New mum overwhelmed by support after post-pregnancy body shaming


Drew Barrymore opens up about post-partum depression


The Honest Body Project: new mums bare all in striking portraits



The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From Gisele's bucket list adventures to Victoria Beckham's night out

by Nicola Colyer
27 Oct 2016

Bake Off’s Mary Berry on her TV reunion with Mel and Sue

The future for these GBBO stars is very bright indeed…

by Kayleigh Dray
27 Oct 2016

Lady Gaga fans, the full Carpool Karaoke video is beyond incredible

James Corden’s face says it all, really

by Kayleigh Dray
27 Oct 2016

Sorry Mel C, Little Mix don't want you to be their mum

You can be ours though

by Anna Pollitt
26 Oct 2016

This Instagram star's honest selfie has gone viral

A glimpse behind the filtered curtain

by Amy Swales
26 Oct 2016

The Alexander McQueen biopic just cast the perfect Hollywood star

Another British bad boy.

by Moya Crockett
26 Oct 2016

Jennifer Garner opens up on co-parenting with ex-husband Ben Affleck

The pair try to teach their children the importance of charity

by Sarah Biddlecombe
26 Oct 2016

Life advice from Helen Mirren, “the nastiest of nasty women”

Ignore those who judge by appearances, don’t rush into marriage, and only drink on days ending in 'Y'.

by Moya Crockett
26 Oct 2016

Miss Iceland quits beauty pageant after being ‘told she's too fat’

“I am a very strong woman, but sometimes my strength isn't enough”

by Anna Pollitt
25 Oct 2016

Woman responds in the best way possible to the receipt of a d*ck pic

“Dear Sir, Thank you for the unexpected and unsolicited submission of your penis portrait for our consideration”

by Harriet Hall
25 Oct 2016