Hayden Panettiere Talks About Her Post-Natal Depression

Over the weekend, Hayden Panettiere made a rare public appearance at the Critics' Choice Awards.

The 'Nashville' star put her career on hold last year and slipped away from the spotlight after revealing she suffered post-partum depression.

Hayden gave birth to her first child in December 2014. Her daughter, named Kaya, is shared with her fiance, boxer Wladimir Klitschko.

On Sunday at the Critics' Choice Awards, Hayden looked bright and bubbly. 

She stopped on the red carpet to chat to reporters, saying she was surprised by the support she had received.

“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.

“I didn't even look at social media. 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.”

She told Entertainment Tonight she's thrilled to be showing her true self.

“I’ve really gone, ‘You know what, I’ve been in this industry for so long, forget it!’ I’ve been hiding myself. Just putting out the smiling face, showing people this, and allowing that veil to come down — it’s like a weight off my shoulders,” she said.

“I’m 26 years old. I’m a mom. I don’t need to be afraid of what people are going to think. I saw how much people rallied behind me when I was honest, and I didn’t know that honesty could be such a gift.”

Last year, Hayden sought treatment for her depression, and has spoken publicly about her ordeal.

"There's a lot of misunderstanding. 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, 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," she said at the time.

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