Since the birth of her daughter, Kaya, Hayden Panettiere has been very outspoken about her struggles with postpartum depression. The actress brought her first child into the world with Ukrainian professional boxer Wladimir Klitschko back in December 2014.
Back in October 2015, the Nashville star opened up about her battle with the psychological condition which is a long-lasting form of depression affecting one out of eight women soon after giving birth. Appearing on Live! With Kelly and Michael!, Hayden revealed then:
"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 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."
At the time, the star also confirmed that she had voluntarily checked herself into a treatment center. And after a difficult few months, she appears all the better for it.
Looking happy and healthy at the Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday, the 26-year-old oozed confidence and radiance as she stepped out in her first red carpet appearance since undergoing treatment.
"It made my life better"
And testament to her bravery, Hayden wasn't afraid to talk about the nightmare past year she'd been through either. Speaking about going public with her postpartum, she admitted:
"It made my life better. I do feel and hope it's made other people's lives better and more of an understanding because postpartum depression was not something that I ever understood."
"You could never understand it unless you have a personal involvement with it. I didn't realize how much of a stigma it had about it."
"[I want to] let them know it's OK"
Expressing her gratitude to others for their understanding and support, she also said:
"I was floored by the positive response and really happy I could stand up for the women who are out there suffering from this and let them know it's OK, they're not alone. It doesn't mean they're weak. It doesn't mean they're a bad mom."
Now, Hayden reveals that she is only looking forward and her daughter remains her main focus. Just like she hopes she can achieve for herself one day, she wants her little girl to grow up comfortable in her own skin:
"I want to put out a good example for my daughter and tell her that she could be anyone she wants to be, she does not have to be afraid that somebody's not going to like it because no matter what you do, there's always going to be somebody who doesn't like it."
Here's the empowering full interview with Hayden at the Critics' Choice Awards:
If you, or someone you know needs help dealing with postpartum depression you can call the Postpartum Support International helpline on 1800 944 4773, or visit their website: www.postpartum.net