Actress Hayden Panettiere has spoken out about her experience with postnatal depression, describing it as “one of the most debilitating, scary, guilty feelings that you can ever feel.”
The Nashville star sought treatment for the condition in October 2015 after welcoming daughter Kaya Evdokia with her fiance Wladimir Klitschko in 2014.
In a new interview with Yahoo! Style, the 26-year-old spoke about her initial fear of revealing that she had PND.
“I finally just went, ‘I’m tired of living afraid. I’m tired of living in fear of what people are going to think, so, you know, I’m just going to put it all out there on the table and I’m not going to worry about the judgment," she said.
She also smacked down people who dismissed PND.
“It’s like you have no idea what you’re talking about. If you think for one second that a mother wants to feel that way toward her child, you’re outta your mind. It is one of the most debilitating, scary, guilty feelings that you can ever feel," she said.
“That a mother would not be able to connect with their child, would not be able to get a grip, or would not know what’s going on, for anybody to say that it’s false or created by us, you must have your head examined.”