Hayden Panetierre is Seeking Help Concerning Postpartum Depression
Postpartum depression is a type of clinical depression which can affect both sexes after childbirth. Among the symptoms that occur when postpartum depression happens are sadness, low energy, anxiety and irritability.
Actress Hayden Panetierre, known for her roles in American TV show Heroes, recently started seeking help because she contracted postpartum depression. We find that highly inspirational, since never before has any celebrity come out with this particular illness when they were currently suffering from it. Usually, it is made public only after the illness is cured – after they come out of clinics. Gwyneth Paltrow, Courtney Cox and Brooke Shields all wrote and talked about it after the illness passes. And they are all brave for it – especially since their experiences did shed a light on the illness and helped educate the general public.
Hayden’s decision to make her struggle known is different because she decided to go public with it while she is suffering from it. She will certainly destigmatize the illness even further, especially since her decision is so eye-opening and powerful. News of different celebrities cheating each other, doing drugs and checking into rehabs is a daily thing in the world of entertainment – but we rarely witness a powerful moment such as this. Certainly, addiction is also a brave thing to admit, but checking into rehab has a normalizing effect – the person is stating they want to get better when going public with it.
We only hope more and more people who work in public and have connections with the media will go public with this condition, since keeping quiet is never a great option when dealing with mental health. This disease still lurks in the shadows and affects many despite the best effort of both medical professionals and victims to educate people about it.