During a visit to Kelly and Michael this week, “Nashville” star Hayden Panettiere admitted that she can relate to her character Juliette Barnes who’s suffering from postpartum depression.
“I can very much relate. It’s something a lot of women experience. When they tell you about postpartum depression you think it’s, ‘I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure my child, I want to 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.”
“There’s a lot of misunderstanding — there’s a lot of people out there that think that it’s not real, that it’s not true, that it’s something that’s made up in their minds, that ‘Oh, it’s hormones.’ They kinda brush it off,” she points out. “It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support.”
Despite her struggles, Hayden says she hopes to have a big family, but they are taking it one baby at a time.