Hayden Panettiere Talks Postpartum Depression

A reminder to other moms: "You're not alone!"

Hayden Panettiere opens up about her postpartum depression
Hayden Panettiere opens up about her postpartum depression
 

We don't tend to talk about the realities of postpartum depression -- especially when it comes to moms in Hollywood -- so it's refreshing that new mom Hayden Panettiere told Us Weekly about her experience with it.

"You're not alone or crazy, ladies!" she wrote.

Granted, that's about all she wrote. The feature was for Us Weekly's, "25 Things You Don't Know About Me" and the fact was included at the end of the round-up, described as having the actress "a bit of postpartum depression."

But still: considering the mental health stigma is very real, it's a huge deal that a star like Hayden went on record and acknowledged the realities of post-baby life -- especially since she didn't make it an enormous deal, and wrote about it so casually. It's moves like this that tend to lead to bigger, more seirous and necessary conversations.

Panettiere welcomed her daughter Kaya back in December (she gave birth in Hawaii, BTW) and on Live! With Kelly and Michael she'd previously mentioned that in terms of postpartum depression, "You don't realize how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on."

"It's something that needs to be talked about," she added. "Women need to know that they're not alone, and that it does heal."

Truth!

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