Many of the women we feature here are notable for feats of daring and strength, but courage sometimes takes a quieter form.
Take Hayden Panettiere, for example. The Nashville and Heroes star recently sought treatment for postpartum depression several months after giving birth to her first daughter.
“There’s a lot of misunderstanding and I feel like there’s a lot of people out there who think that it’s not real, that it’s not true, that it’s something that’s made up in their minds and,oh, it’s hormones,” Panettiere said.
Indeed, it is very real, and left untreated it can have tragic consequences. Unfortunately the women who suffer from it sometimes worry that they’ll be perceived as inadequate mothers. That’s bad enough for non-celebrities. Imagine being a Hollywood actress under constant scrutiny, enduring comparisons to uber-moms like Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba and Jennifer Garner. Panettiere was gutsy for pushing image aside and asking for help, and we hope she feels better soon.
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Postpartum Depression Resources
If you or someone you love has postpartum depression, you need to get help: