Hayden Panettiere seeking treatment for postpartum depression

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Hayden Panettiere Seeking Treatment for Postpartum Depression

Nashville star Hayden Panettiere is seeking treatment for postpartum depression.

"Hayden Panettiere is voluntarily seeking professional help at a treatment center as she is currently battling postpartum depression," the actress' rep confirmed to ET on Tuesday. "She asks that the media respect her privacy during this time."

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Panettiere and fiance Wladimir Klitschko welcomed daughter Kaya in December 2014, and the actress has recently been open about the struggle that she and many new moms face.

"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," the actress said on Live! with Kelly and Michael in September. "It's something that's completely uncontrollable. It's really painful and it's really scary and women need a lot of support."

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DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28: Actress Hayden Panettiere, wife of Wladimir Klitschko shows her support prior to the IBF IBO WBA WBO Heavyweight World Championship contest between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury at Esprit-Arena on November 28, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28: Actress Hayden Panettiere, wife of Wladimir Klitschko (L) poses prior to the IBF IBO WBA WBO Heavyweight World Championship contest between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury at Esprit-Arena on November 28, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28: Actress Hayden Panettiere, wife of Wladimir Klitschko shows her support prior to the IBF IBO WBA WBO Heavyweight World Championship contest between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury at Esprit-Arena on November 28, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28: Actress Hayden Panettiere, wife of Wladimir Klitschko poses prior to the IBF IBO WBA WBO Heavyweight World Championship contest between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury at Esprit-Arena on November 28, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 28: Actress Hayden Panettiere, wife of Wladimir Klitschko poses prior to the IBF IBO WBA WBO Heavyweight World Championship contest between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury at Esprit-Arena on November 28, 2015 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Boxer Wladimir Klitschko and actress/model Hayden Panettiere attend the 34th Annual Sports Emmy Awards Reception at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on May 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
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Hayden Panettiere arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
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Hayden Panettiere arrives at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
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Actress Hayden Panettiere arrives on the red carpet for the 66th Emmy Awards, August 25, 2014 at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. Brown (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Actress Hayden Panettiere (R) and boxer Wladimir Klitschko arrive at the 2011 InStyle/Warner Brothers Golden Globes Party at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 16, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: 66th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Hayden Panettiere arrives to the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. (Photo by Jason Kempin/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
Natalia Klitschko, left, wife of Ukrainian politician and former boxer Vitali Klitschko, and US actress Hayden Panettiere, right, girl friend of IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko from Ukraine watch Wladimir Klitschko's heavyweight world title boxing fight against his Australian challenger Alex Leapai in Oberhausen, western Germany, Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Actress Hayden Panettiere attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 07: Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko attend the Ein Herz Fuer Kinder Gala 2013 at Flughafen Tempelhof on December 7, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)
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Actress Vanessa Hudgens and actress Hayden Panettiere pose at VH1 Save The Music Foundation's Neutrogena Fresh Faces Music Benefit at Jim Henson Studios on September 26, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: 66th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Hayden Panettiere speaks on stage during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. (Photo by Mark Davis/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: 66th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actresses Hayden Panettiere and Uzo Aduba speak on stage during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. (Photo by Mark Davis/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: 66th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Hayden Panettiere poses backstage during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: 66th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Hayden Panettiere and director Gail Mancusok, winnner of the award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, pose backstage during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Actress Hayden Panettiere attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Audi)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Actress Hayden Panettiere attends the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Panettiere's character on Nashville has also struggled with postpartum depression, and the actress opened up to ET in August about how the storyline helped her better understand what she was going through in real life.

"What I thought postpartum was, was wanting to cause your child harm. You know, that really severe version of postpartum," the actress admitted. "Now, having had a child, I've realized that it can be on quite a large spectrum, and the symptoms don't have to be as in your face and obvious."

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"I definitely struggled with that a little bit," Panettiere continued. "I never felt any ill feelings towards my daughter, and never thought, 'I don't want to be a mom' or 'This is terrible' or anything negative. But, my personality all around was, I wasn't in a great mode....It's not a good feeling but women need to know that there are a lot of different kinds and that they're not alone."

The actress has also been open about the physical changes of motherhood as well. She recently posted a Twitter pic about feeling confident in her post-baby body.

"Feeling like I'm #finally coming back in to my own body!" Panettiere wrote, adding the hashtags "#mother #daughter #blessing #wellworthit."

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