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Actress Hayden Panettiere has checked into a treatment facility for postnatal depression, her rep confirmed last night.

The Nashville star is "voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment center as she is currently battling postpartum depression," according to a statement given to Us Weekly.

"She asks that the media respect her privacy during this time."

The 26-year-old, who is engaged to boxer Wladimir Klitschko, gave birth to her first daughter Kaya in December 2014.

Hayden recently spoke out about her experience with postnatal depression, in an attempt to reassure other women that they were not "alone or crazy." 

She added that there was a lot of fear and confusion surrounding the condition.

"It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support,” she said during a TV appearance last month.

Hayden also emphasised that the experience of postnatal depression can vary for different people.

"When [you’re 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," she said.

"Some women do. But you don’t realise how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on."

Just four days ago, Hayden tweeted a positive message to fans, calling her daughter a "blessing" and saying she finally felt like she was "coming back in to my own body."

Wishing Hayden all the best with her treatment.


26-year old Hayden Panettiere revealed that she suffered postpartum depression after giving birth to her daughter Kaya.

Hayden was filling out a questionnaire for Us Weekly when she offered her support to any other women who have struggled with postnatal depression.

This cute portrait of herself, husband Wladimir Klitschko and baby Kaya was uploaded Hayden Panettiere [Hayden Panettiere/Instagram]

She wrote: “I suffered a bit of postpartum depression. You’re not alone or crazy, ladies!”

On a recent television appearance the Nashville star opened up about her experience and stressed that she wants women to know “that they’re not alone.”

“It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support,” she added.

Hayden said that she and her character on Nashville, Juliette now have a shared experience as they both have experienced depression.

She went on to praise women for being able to do “something that no man can do on this planet,” while adding that her husband, Wladimir Klitschko, 39, would love to go through it.

“When I was pregnant, he would do this thing where he would suck in his stomach and then I would put my stomach to his so that he could feel when she was moving, almost like she was in his stomach,” she explained.

The two welcomed their baby girl in December 2014 and over the summer took a family holiday to France, Germany and Wladimir’s native Ukraine.

Hayden Panettiere Live with Kelly and Michael daughter Kaya photo

While Hayden says that she’s always wanted four kids, she added that she’s not quite ready to go through another pregnancy just yet.

“I always said four, but I’m not gonna speak too soon. One at a time.”