Hayden Panettiere On Postpartum Depression: "It's Scary"

Nashville actress Hayden Panettiere spoke openly about her postpartum depression on Live! With Kelly and Michael, says "women need a lot of support."

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True, actress Hayden Panettiere merely plays a country music super star/drama queen/fly-off-the-handle at the slightest breeze/party animal as Juliette Barnes on the night soap Nashville, but the new mom can also relate to her character's recent postpartum depression storyline.

"It's something a lot of women experience," Panettiere told Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan Monday during an appearance on Live! With Kelly and Michael. "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."

The actress and her fiancé, pro boxer Wladimir Klitscho, are parents to Kaya Evdokia, a baby girl born in December 2014. She says there is a lot of misunderstanding when it comes to postpartum depression.

"There's a lot of people out there that think that it's not real, that it's not true, that it's something that's made up in their minds, that 'Oh, it's hormones,'" Panettiere says. "They brush it off. It's something that's completely uncontrollable. It's really painful and it's really scary and women need a lot of support."

The actress isn't the first celebrity to speak out about postpartum depression: Gwyneth Paltrow, Amanda Peet, Brooke Shields, Courteney Cox and Alanis Morissette are just a handful of stars who have shared their own experiences.

"Women are amazing," Panettiere said on Live!. "We do something that no man can do on this planet. I mean, we grow a human being in our body!"