Actress Hayden Panettiere has made her first appearance since seeking treatment for postnatal depression.

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Sporting a wide grin and looking very relaxed, the Nashville star was simply stunning in a full-length peach coloured gown at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday.

Hayden shared with Entertainment Tonight attending the awards that she was shocked by the positive feedback she has received since going public with her postnatal depression diagnosis.

“I’ve gotten an incredible amount of support and I was actually really surprised because I feel like I grew up in this industry that, in my mind, was very judgmental,” she said in the interview.  “It’s really painful and it’s really scary and women need a lot of support.”

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The 26-year-old star is engaged to Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko and the pair welcomed their first child, a daughter named Kaya, in December 2014.

Hayden voluntarily entered a treatment facility in October to assist in treating her post-natal depression.

Nominated for best supporting actress in a drama series at the Awards, Hayden’s appearance comes on the back of an announcement that she would be returning to the Nashville series. She presented at the awards alongside co-star Jonathan Jackson, who was also nominated for his work on the hit ABC series.


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  • Go girl!


  • Good on Hayden for sharing her not uncommon problem. Hopefully many more women struggling with this problem can share and get treatment. When I worked as a psychiatric nurse I’ve seen some very severe cases and dangerous situations due to this problem. So necessary to take it serious !!


  • Good on Hayden for highlighting what is a common problem, that can be addressed and fixed with the right help. The more we talk about it, the more we can normalise it. I’m a sharer, and I’ve suffered PND, as did my husband. But we sought help from our GP and we were soon on our way to recovery.

    • yeah it affects anyone. she has brought awareness to this, which means she has done her job. great soul!


  • Good on her for seeking help…
    Perinatal and Postnatal depression really sucks… I am so glad that there is more support and recognition for women who are suffering. Thankyou for sharing her story.


  • What a brave lady for going public. I think it’s wonderful. She looks fantastic


  • I think it is great she has been so supported and is speaking about. PND is something a lot of us suffer from so it is good to take away the stigma.


  • I’m glad she was brave enough to get help with her PND. Its also great that she’s received alot of positive feedback, it can only help :)


  • Great that she is talking about this issue in public – it means more people will take it seriously and seek help.


  • i just can’t get over how different she looks now! she looks so grown up and radiant even so it is amazing that she has all this turmoil. it would be hard to seek help especially being a celeb.


  • It’s great to hear celebrities talking about this topic. Great role modelling.

    • We need public figures to step up and this is good for all women.


  • I am glad she is getting support. So incredibly important.


  • Good on you Hayden!


  • Post natal depression is still so common. Glad to hear she did something about it.


  • The more women that talk about post natal depression the better. It helps other women to seek support and know that they are not alone!


  • I think it is so important to break the stigma surrounding mental health. It’s so often put out there that you’re supposed to be happy and just filled with love and joy that you have a new baby, but the truth is it’s bloody hard!


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