ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at Creators.co
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Since the birth of her daughter Kaya in December 2014, Hayden Panettiere has spoken candidly about her battle with postpartum depression, a condition that affects approximately one of eighth women after giving birth.

And she's far from alone — here are 6 other stars who have admitted to battling the condition and moving on to tell the tale:

1. Gwyneth Paltrow

“When my son, Moses, came into the world in 2006, I expected to have another period of euphoria following his birth. Instead I was confronted with one of the darkest and most painfully debilitating chapters of my life. I felt like a zombie. I couldn't access my heart. I couldn't access my emotions. I couldn't connect. It was terrible. It was the exact opposite of what had happened when Apple was born... I couldn't believe it wasn't the same. I just thought it meant I was a terrible mother and a terrible person.”

2. Drew Barrymore

"I didn't have postpartum the first time so I didn't understand it because I was like, 'I feel great!' The second time, I was like, 'Oh, whoa, I see what people talk about now. I understand. It's a different type of overwhelming with the second. I really got under the cloud."

3. Bryce Dallas Howard

"It is strange for me to recall what I was like at that time. I seemed to be suffering emotional amnesia. I couldn't genuinely cry, or laugh, or be moved by anything. For the sake of those around me, including my son, I pretended, but when I began showering again in the second week, I let loose in the privacy of the bathroom, water flowing over me as I heaved uncontrollable sobs. Worst of all, I definitely felt I was a rotten mother — not a bad one, a rotten one. Because the truth was, every time I looked at my son, I wanted to disappear."

4. Hayden Panettiere

"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."

Here she is talking about the experience of postpartum depression back last October:

5. Celine Dion

"One moment, tremendous happiness; the next, fatigue sets in, and I cried for no reason, and then that took care of itself. It's for things like that after having a baby that mothers really need emotional support."

6. Courtney Cox

"I went through a really hard time - not right after the baby, but when [Coco] turned six months. I couldn't sleep," the actress said. "My heart was racing. And I got really depressed. I went to the doctor and found out my hormones had been pummeled."

7. Alanis Morissette

“The degree and intensity of my post-natal depression shocked me. I am predisposed to depression, but what surprised me this time was the physical pain. I hadn’t realized the depths to which you can ache – limbs, back, torso, head, everything hurt – and it went on for 15 months. I felt as if I was covered in tar and everything took 50 times more effort than normal."

She added:

"It was just a really intense time and if I could share anything with anyone who's going through it, it would be to encourage them to seek help and reach out a little earlier than I did."

Sources: popsugar.com

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