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Nashville and Heroes star Hayden Panettiere has spoken out about her battle with postpartum depression, saying she was "floored" by the love and support she received when she started opening up about the subject.

'I Was Always So Terrified'

Panettiere in a shoot for Yahoo! Style
Panettiere in a shoot for Yahoo! Style

In an interview with Yahoo! Style, she explained how good it felt to be able to talk about postpartum depression, which she experienced after the birth of her daughter Kaya in December 2014. At the time, she left her role on Nashville and was accepted at a treatment centre.

But the road to recovery wasn't easy: "I was always so terrified that people weren't going to accept me," she admitted. Fortunately, she found that the reaction to her disclosing her battle was much more positive than she had expected:

“The more open I was, the more acceptance I got from people. I got so much support and so much love. I was floored. I feel much more exposed, yes, but in a great way.”

There Is Little Awareness Of Postpartum Depression

Panettiere in a shoot for Yahoo! Style
Panettiere in a shoot for Yahoo! Style

Postpartum depression is a type of clinical depression which occurs after childbirth that leads to symptoms such as anxiety, low energy and appetite, and sadness. Because the intensity of the syndrome can vary, postpartum depression is still not well understood and often fails to be diagnosed.

While it can affect any woman giving birth, Panettiere deplored that to some, postpartum depression wasn't a real issue:

"If you think for one second that a mother wants to feel that way toward her child, you’re outta your mind."

Hopefully her role in the TV series Nashville, in which her character Juliette also faces postpartum depression, will help shed the light on the struggles of this little-known disorder.

Are you excited for the return of Panettiere to 'Nashville'?

Source: E! Online

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