Sadly, like Nashville‘s Juliette Barnes, Panettiere is battling a serious case of postpartum depression and has checked into a facility to get help with the condition, her rep told People magazine.
Panettiere “is voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment center as she is currently battling postpartum depression,” the rep said. “She asks that the media respect her privacy during this time.”
In the last season of Nashville, Juliette became extremely detached from her baby, Cadence, and immersed herself in rekindling her career so she wouldn’t have time to care for the child.
Panettiere broached the topic of postpartum depression and spoke about Juliette’s struggle on an episode of Live! With Kelly and Michael in September. Panettiere, who gave birth to her daughter, Kaya, in December 2014, was open about the fact that she could relate to Juliette’s plight, but was careful to not reveal just how hard it hit home.
“I can very much relate,” she said to Kelly and Michael. “It’s something a lot of women experience. 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. Some women do. But you don’t realize how broad of a spectrum you can really feel it on.”
In the same interview, Panettiere also insisted that it’s critical that women suffering from postpartum depression get the help and support that they need to bounce back.
“It’s something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they’re not alone and that it does heal,” she said.
Hopefully Panettiere is getting the support she needs to get better now, too.