When the storyline started, some applauded the series for bringing the stigmatized topic out in the open. Panettiere said as much and also talked openly about her own battle: “I suffered a bit of postpartum depression. You’re not alone or crazy, ladies!” she wrote this past fall for an Us Weekly “25 Things You Don’t Know About Me” list.
Panettiere also got a lot of attention for her remarks on “Live! With Kelly and Michael” last month, when Kelly Ripa brought up Juliette’s postpartum depression struggles.
“She went through that, which was something that I can very much relate to and something that I know a lot of women experience,” Panettiere confirmed. “When they tell you about postpartum depression you think about, ‘Okay, I feel negative feelings towards my child. I want to injure my child, I want to hurt my child.’
“I’ve never, ever had those feelings,” she continued. “And some women do. But you don’t realize what broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. And it’s something I think that needs to be talked about. And women need to know that they’re not alone, and that it does, you know, heal.”
Panettiere agreed with Ripa that there’s still shame attached for women to admit they suffer from the disorder. “There’s a lot of misunderstanding, and 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, you know, it’s hormones,” Panettiere said. “They brush it off. It’s something that’s completely uncontrollable. And it’s really painful, and it’s really scary, and women need a lot of support.”