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Hayden Panettiere 'Surprised' By Support During Postpartum Depression Treatment

"I am so proud to be a spokesperson and a woman that people can look to..."

Hayden Panettiere is thankful for the support she' received while seeking treatment for postpartum depression. 

The "Nashville" actress, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series at the Critics Choice Awards, opened up about her journey at the award show on Sunday. 

"I've gotten an incredible amount of support and I was actually really surprised 'cause I feel like I grew up in this industry that, in my mind, was very judgmental," she told Entertainment Tonight. 

The 26-year-old, who gave birth to daughter Kaya with fiancé Wladimir Klitschko in 2014, sought voluntary treatment for postpartum depression in October. Postpartum depression affects moms after childbirth and symptoms can include mood swings, withdrawing from family, difficulty bonding with your baby, fatigue, anxiety and thoughts of self-harm, according to Mayo Clinic. 

She was used to people "waiting" for her to fail, so Panettiere was shocked by the outpouring of love. 

"I didn't even look at social media," she told ET. "Then, when I looked, people were like, 'Oh my gosh, good for you,' and I am so proud to be a spokesperson and a woman that people can look to and to know that they're not alone and they're not weak if they go and they seek help."

 

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