Hayden Panettiere opens up about struggle with postnatal depression


Actress Hayden Panettiere is speaking about her struggle with postpartum depression following the birth of her first child, Kaya, to partner Wladimir Klitschko in December of 2014. 

Speaking to Yahoo! Style, the Nashville star revealed how scary to illness is. 

"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."

The 26-year-old plays top country singer Juliette Barnes on the hit ABC show Nashville with her own character coincidentally suffering the same illness after having a child. 

"It’s definitely interesting how much it has mirrored my life," she said on playing the part. 

"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."

The actress also revealed why she is speaking about her experience now. 

"The more open I was, the more acceptance I got from people. I got so much support and so much love. I was floored.

"I feel much more exposed, yes, but in a great way."