She herself suffered from postpartum depression and needed professional treatment to recover it. Now that Hayden Panettiere is past that stage, she is helping mothers overcome it. She is taking steps to let them know that it is not something that should worry or feel ashamed about.
“The biggest message that I’ve been trying to promote for women is that it’s okay to ask for help,” the Nashville star, 26, said. “You feel mommy guilt — it’s for real.”
In December 2014, Hayden Panettiere became a mother and she says she understands just how harshly mothers can judge themselves and think they aren’t doing well enough.
“It’s like being in a tunnel,” she said. “You can’t even remember when you felt good. 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.”
She went public with her battle and she says that helped her move along. “I’ve just been trying to be much more open and honest about who I am,” says Panettiere. “I’m 26 years old, I’m an adult, and [I don’t] have to falsify who I am.”
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