Nashville star Hayden Panettiere gave birth to her daughter, Kaya Evdokia, with her fiancé Wladimir Klitschko, in December 2014. Since then, she has been open about her struggles with postpartum depression. Last December, she entered a treatment facility (opens in new tab) for her condition, and she just announced again that she would go back to get the care she needs.
"The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life," she wrote on Twitter. "Rather than stay stuck due to unhealthy coping mechanisms I have chosen to take time to reflect holistically on my health and life. Wish me luck!"
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Panetierre had to relive her condition while playing Juliette Barnes on Nashville, which was just canceled (opens in new tab) on Thursday; her character also battled postpartum depression. "It was strange having to throw myself back into that frame of mind," she told Yahoo Style (opens in new tab). "The way I do things is to pull from my own personal experience and sometimes even turn myself into what I'm portraying so that I can pull from my life and step into that person's shoes by being able to relate."
But overall, she has been open about her struggles to show other women like her that she's not alone. "The biggest message that I've been trying to promote for women is that it's okay to ask for help," she told People (opens in new tab). We hope she can continue to get the help she needs.
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