Hayden Panettiere Taking ‘Time to Reflect Holistically’ After Using ‘Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms’ to Battle Postpartum Depression

05/12/2016 at 07:30 PM ET


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Hayden Panettiere knows “it’s okay to ask for help” and that taking the first step towards health is nothing to be ashamed of.

After welcoming daughter Kaya Evdokia with fiancé Wladimir Klitschko in December 2014, the Nashville actress entered rehab last October for postpartum depression, a struggle she has been very open about.

And on Thursday, Panettiere, 26, shared that she has made the decision to continue getting the help she needs.

“The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life,” she tweeted. “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!”

The mother of one previously told PEOPLE she’s used her own personal journey to address the stigma surrounding PPD. “The biggest message that I’ve been trying to promote for women is that it’s okay to ask for help,” Panettiere explained in March. “You feel mommy guilt — it’s for real.”

And in January at the Critics’ Choice Awards, the star opened up about how relieved she felt after telling her truth. “I’m 26 years old. I’m a mom. I don’t need to be afraid of what people are going to think. I saw how much people rallied behind me when I was honest, and I didn’t know that honesty could be such a gift.”

Coincidentally on Thursday, ABC announced that Panettiere’s show Nashville was canceled after four seasons on the network.

— Karen Mizoguchi

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jg1965 on

Sorry honey, you are milking this for all it’s worth. Yes, PPD is serious, but you alone are not the only one to deal with it and you missy, are more than fortunate to have all the resources and money in the world to battle this. Time to put on your big girl panties like the rest of the mother’s who are suffering through this too.

packerpoke on

I did not know they were cancelling the show. Look forward to watching it. Only show that was not volient. Very good drama. Shame on them to cancel this show.

Celyn on

Wow @JG1965 could you be any more callous? Yes she has the funds and resources, but she’s not suffering in silence. Treatment for PPD isn’t a one and done type of treatment. She’s at least showing that it can affect any woman and trying to bring the cause to mainstream attention. Who are you to say she isn’t “putting her big girl panties on”?

You’re probably the same kind of person that would shame her if PPD caused her to do something out of character; asking why didn’t she seek help? Why didn’t she talk about it? Shame on you.

Kelly potts on

Depression is a debilitating, scary condition. If you have no compassion for it, you have never experienced it. There are no hard and fast guidelines as to when you should be done with it. I can see it in her eyes. I empathize and I will pray for you. There is hope ❤️

Traci on

@jg1965…what an uncompassionate, judgmental person you are. There are celebrities that do “milk” things as you say, but in most cases they are forced to address what they are dealing with because of nosy paparazzi and fans. I’m sure if she had her choice she would be dealing with this in private, but since she can’t, I think it’s quite brave of her to make something positive come from her struggle by speaking out. You sound like the kind of person who would judge her and other women for having PPD. It’s not as easy as “putting on your big panties” because if it were, there wouldn’t be a problem. Battling depression is a difficult thing, and add to that being a new mother and feeling guilty that you are depressed when everyone says you should be happy, only compounds the problem. Learn to be kind, and if you can’t say something positive then keep your opinion to yourself!

jets4me on

jg1965, How rude of you! Depression can slowly kill you, it’s something I had to go to rehab for. I’m not rich, I did have to take out a loan to cover it. I can relate to her, and have complete sympathy for her. Rich or poor, were all human.

Anonymous on

I believe her real problem is cocaine. Long history.

Em1800 on

I wish you all the best, hayden!

CC on

Maddie’s terrible storyline and character ruined the show.

Lisa on

jg1965 is just showing what era she’s from. Just because she never got support, she feels that no one else deserves support either. Sorry ma’am, but this new generation is going to lift our peers up, not bring them down. Everyone who’s suffering deserves help. And GOOD FOR HER for being honest and inadvertently bringing attention to the issue. “Big girl panties” indeed. Hopefully we’ll eventually undo the hostile mess our former generation has created.

Pam1945 on

I am not surprised that Nashville is being cancelled. I hate to see it go but when we watched it last night there were more commercials than there was show. I think they are running out of storylines. I have enjoyed it but I’m sure it’s hard to keep up with new songs and I’m sure it is very expensive to make,too.

Pinky on

jg1965 I really don’t think she is milking it. In fact she said she has been using “unhealthy coping mechanisms” I am going to guess she has been self medicating with some type of substance and is now getting help with that. Nothing wrong with getting help and if you have the means and time. You are right she does have that luxury, so I would be more critical if she didn’t take it.

Lucy on

I’ve had PPD for 14 years and it’s still not going away. I started self medicating with alcohol a few years ago and now I’m an alcoholic. No one tells you how hard it is to have a baby but the hardest part is when they are teenagers and they treat you terribly for every reason in the book. Good luck little lady. It only gets worse.

schlaumeier56 on

Before Hayden gets around to telling us all about her holistic reflections, she’d first like to show us the surgically-enabled rack she’s got!

In other words, before she does the whiney, sensitive thing, she’d first like to show you THESE!!!!

Liz on

@Lucy, it sounds like you have something other than PPD, and perhaps the reason your teenager is treating you terribly is because you’re an alcoholic. Get help, because you’re ruining your children’s lives.

JFitz on

@jg1965 what a completely miserable sick person you must be to make comment and pass judgement on this woman that you do not know! I’m thinking you may need to go into treatment for a severs case of narcissism! I’m disgusted by the negative comments being posted. This girl is in the public and is being bravely honest about a little talked about mental health issue that’s clearly consumed her life. How bout a little f’ing compassion people?

Debbe on

I am glad she has the resources (money) to do this. I am going through perimenopause and experiencing what she is describing. Women are at high risk of experiencing this when they first get their periods as a teen, then again after having a baby, and again during perimenopause. This can happen to anyone and jg shouldn’t accuse her of milking this.

Debbe on

I am going through perimenopause and I am just now experiencing something. I never had any issues as a teen, no pms issues, always had perfect periods come on time, no skips ever, and no baby blues with my only child. But now, oh my gawd help me, the depression comes and goes and it is so hormonal. It hits me like a ton of bricks and disappears just as fast. This is real and all women are at risk of this.

Debbe on

jg…everyone’s issue is not the same. I don’t consider myself as having baby blues but I did feel sad when breastfeeding. But, with that said even I know not to judge others who are experiencing it worse. My body is now preparing to go through menopause now and now suddenly I have every issue in the book. Even though I don’t have resources to do as she has, I am happy for her that SHE does because I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.

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Heidi on

Good for her. She has made it clear that PPD is real and also can last well beyond the initial months after childbirth. She is letting other mothers be honest rather than suffer in silence. I hope she is able to break free from it and admire her for putting her health first over her career.

Audrea on

She is so honest and not afraid to open up about her depression and seeking for help. Good to her.

Pappy O'Daniel Jr. on

“Unhealthy coping mechanisms”? “Reflect holistically”? Good Lord, what gibberish.

Mrs. B on

I’m not going to criticize her for something beyond her control. None of us knows if or when we will be struck with depression. I don’t have depression, but I get anxiety attacks, and it’s absolutely horrible. I wish Hayden all the best in her recovery.

Anonymous on

I don’t know her, but hope she gets well.

Sue on

I’m not sure what she means by reflecting holistically but I feel for her. Depression is no laughing matter and there are no “big girl panties” fixes for it. That comment is part of the stigma. Whether rich or poor it’s a daily battle. I’m not necessarily a fan of hers but I wish her well. Good for her being honest and not pretending to have a perfect fairytale life.

Little Compassion on

Wow with some of the comments no Wonder Woman suffer in silences I hope she can get through this.

Carrie Ann on

I am a fan of her husband and her daughter is adorable so I hope she gets better.

Sue on

Good luck Hayden, and remember you as a little kid on I believe it was Days of our Lives soap. I’d like to know what mechanisms were used. Did she drink, drugs, any of the food disorders not to deal?..

rowansmom711 on

I understand PPD, but as my child has grown into a young adult, it has become more of a “loss of sense of self” rather than PPD. That has been, by far, the biggest struggle for me. I remember who i was before i had a child. Spontaneous, full of creativity, with many interests and hobbies. Having put all my energy and focus on someone else for so long, i have lost that side of myself. I don’t even know how to get it back or if it will ever return. That is the honest truth of it for me.

Dajoka on

When does ppd become regular depression? Her baby is a year and half old, how long can this go on? I’m not criticizing, just wondering. I’m glad she is speaking publicly, we need to take the shame away from mental illness and encourage people to get help.

myuntidydesk on

I think it is great that this young woman is bringing much needed attention to PPD. Just because you receive treatment for it (or any type of depression) doesn’t mean it just goes away because you are taking a few pills. Think about it… if you had a headache last week and you got rid of it with some ibuprofen, would you never get another headache again? No… you take them as they come.

Becka on

@JG1965 You are an evil witch.

I wish Hayden the best. Good for her for continuing to get help (and for trying to lessen the stigma of PPD.)

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