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'Scream' Star Hayden Panettiere Reveals She Thought Alcohol Would 'Fix' Her Postpartum Depression

The actor said she wishes she knew to 'look out for' the signs of postpartum depression after giving birth to her daughter in 2014.

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Scream star Hayden Panettiere recently opened up to E! News about her struggle with postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter in 2014.

The actor revealed she was unaware of the signs and symptoms and turned to alcohol as a coping mechanism.

"I wish I knew about postpartum depression. I wish I knew to look out for it."
"I just thought there was something seriously wrong with me, so I thought, 'Fireball will fix this - duh!'"
"And it didn't. I does for a moment, but then it makes everything worse."

She continued:

"And then it hurts for you."
"You're like, 'I should be able to get over this all by myself."

You can watch a clip of the interview below.

Many viewers of the interview thanked Panetierre for opening up about her struggles, noting it should be a more widely addressed and discussed topic.

The Heroes and Nashville star who shares daughter Kaya with her former partner Wladimir Klitschko finished:

"I wish somebody told me that that was a possibility, told me it's okay if you birth your child and you're not immediately like, 'Oh my god, I love you more than anything in the entire world!'"
"It's okay and not abnormal if [your baby] comes out and it's a blob, and you're like, 'Oh my gosh, this is like a crazy little creation that I'm going to love when I get to know you."