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Hayden Panettiere Reveals Her Own Struggle with Postpartum Depression

"It's something that needs to be talked about"

Shelli Weinstein

For Hayden Panettiere, one of Nashville's current stories is hitting close to home. She once struggled with postpartum depression, a condition that her character Juliette is dealing with now.

"I can very much relate. It's something a lot of women experience," Panettiere said during a Monday interview on LIVE with Kelly and Michael. "When they tell you about postpartum depression you think it's, 'I feel negative feelings toward my child, I want to injure my child, I want to 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. It's something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they're not alone, and that it does heal."

The 26-year-old actress gave birth to her daughter Kaya Evdokia in December 2014 with her fiancé Wladimir Klitschko.

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"There's a lot of misunderstanding," she added. "There's a lot of people out there that think [postpartum depression] is not real, that it's not true, that it's something that's made up in their minds, that 'Oh, it's hormones.' 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.

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

On Nashville, Panettiere's Juliette Barnes welcomed her own daughter during the last season, and has since been in denial about struggling with postpartum depression. She has distanced herself from her husband and child while engaging in some pretty destructive partying.

As previously reported, things will begin to crumble for Juliette during an interview with, get this, LIVE with Kelly and Michael.

Nashville airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on ABC.