Hayden Panettiere Taking 'Time to Reflect Holistically' After Using 'Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms' to Battle Postpartum Depression
"I have chosen to take time to reflect holistically on my health and life," the actress tweeted
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