Hayden Panettiere Battles Postpartum Depression, Seeks Help
Hayden Panettiere announced that she had sought treatment as she’s struggled with postpartum depression. This has brought new light to the condition as this has affected many women who were supposed to feel happy in this time of their lives.
“It’s something a lot of women experience. When [you are 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. Some women do. But you don’t realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It’s something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does heal,” said Panettiere, who also revealed that she hopes to bear 4 children.
The 26-year-old actress from Nashville has welcomed her first baby, Kaya, last December. Just last month, she spoke about her experience with postpartum depression during her TV interview, and her representative had announced last Tuesday that Panettiere chose to enter a treatment center.
“Hayden Panettiere is voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment center as she is currently battling postpartum depression. She asks that the media respect her privacy during this time,” her rep tells E! News.
What is Postpartum Depression?
If all of you must know, postpartum depression is an intense feeling experienced by a mother after giving birth which is marked by anxiety, crying, sadness, depressed mood, and feelings of guilt, helplessness, and hopelessness. Although it would seem as though this would affect women shortly after giving birth, it may happen to them within the first 12 months.
Postpartum Depression versus Baby Blues
Dr. Natalie Azar a medical contributor of NBC News, told that, “The biggest distinction between the baby blues and what’s called postpartum depression really has to do with the duration and also the intensity and severity of your symptoms.”
The feelings experienced by those having baby blues are less intense compared to those suffering from postpartum depression.
“If it lasts for longer than 2 weeks and/or the symptoms become more severe, you’re having difficulty with sleeping, feeling helpless, feeling hopeless, feelings of guilt, it’s a good time to call your doctor,” says Azar.
Mental Illness after Giving Birth
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 1 in 7 women or about 15% of new mothers are believed to have suffered from some form of mental illness during or after pregnancy.
The spectrum of postpartum illness is beyond just depression. Mothers may be suffering from a variety of mood and anxiety disorders. In fact, in rare and more serious cases, about 0.2% of all moms suffer from postpartum psychosis.