Actress Hayden Panettiere to 'take time' to deal with post-natal depression 'holistically'


Actress Hayden Panettiere has admitted she has been using "unhealthy coping mechanisms" to deal with post-natal depression.

The Heroes star said she had decided to "take time" to deal with her health issues "holistically" as it was revealed her American television series Nashville has been cancelled.

She wrote on Twitter: "The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life. Rather than stay stuck due to unhealthy coping mechanisms I have chosen to take time to reflect holistically on my health and life. Wish me luck!"

Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere
Wladimir Klitschko and Hayden Panettiere (Katy Winn/AP)

The 26-year-old has spoken openly about her battle with post-natal depression following the birth of her daughter Kaya in 2014 with boxer Wladimir Klitschko.

In September, she told the US television show Live With Kelly And Michael that there was "a lot of misunderstanding" surrounding the condition.

She said: "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."

According to reports, Hayden has sought treatment at a rehab centre in Utah.

American television network ABC announced on Thursday it was cancelling Nashville, on which Hayden stars as a country music diva, after four seasons.