Hayden Panettiere Uses Nashville Role to Expand Discussion About Postpartum Depression

"You’re not alone or crazy, ladies!" - Panettiere

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One of the more grounded storylines on ABC’s Nashville has been that of Juliette Barnes, played by Hayden Panettiere, a country superstar who has a child with her husband and throws herself back into her work immediately after giving birth at the expense of her relationship with her new daughter and her husband, Avery. Panettiere can relate, and has used her role to expand the public conversation about the frequently misunderstood condition, postpartum depression.

She mentions having suffered postpartum depression in her “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me” column for US Weekly, and on a recent appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael, she relates Juliette’s journey on Nashville to her own, emphasizing how important it is for women to talk about openly:

Nashville’s Hayden Panettiere talks about relating to her character’s postpartum depression.

Posted by LIVE with Kelly and Michael on Monday, September 28, 2015

Those of you watching Nashville – what do you think of how they’ve handled Juliette’s story? Any of you have experience with post-partum depression that you’d like to share? As always, we love to relate pop culture to real-world issues and concerns and create a safe space for you to talk about them in the hopes of de-stigmatizing certain things and fostering important conversations. See you in the comments below!

(via The Huffington Post; Image via glennia on Flickr)

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