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Hayden Panettiere's dad addresses the star's postpartum depression

Hayden Panettiere's fans were concerned when the star voluntarily checked herself into a treatment centre, to get support for her postpartum depression. The Nashville star gave birth to her daughter Kaya ten months ago and has openly admitted to suffering with the condition.

Putting fans at ease, Hayden's father Skip told Life & Style: "She will be fine".

A source added that the 26-year-old had been receiving outpatient treatment for weeks, but Hayden decided to admit herself to a facility in Malibu when she recognised how serious her issues were.

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"She will be fine," Hayden Panettiere's father Skip said

"She agreed she needed a more intensive treatment so she can be the best mother she can be to her daughter," the source said, while another insider added: "She's getting the help she needs."

It is thought that Hayden, who checked in last week, will remain at the treatment centre for about a month.

The American sweetheart got engaged to 39-year-old professional heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko in October 2013. Last December, Hayden gave birth to the couple's daughter Kaya.

Since becoming a mother, the former Disney star has spoken openly about her struggles with postpartum depression. It is a type of depression that affects roughly one in ten women and – according to the NHS – symptoms can include low mood, feeling unable to cope and difficulty sleeping.

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The 26-year-old mum checked into a treatment centre last week for postpartum depression

"I can very much relate," Hayden said last month during an appearance on Live! With Kelly and Michael, while discussing her character Juliette Barnes' own PPD experiences.

"It's something a lot of women experience. When (you are told) about postpartum depression you think it's 'I feel negative feelings towards my child, I want to injure or harm my child' – I've never, ever had those feelings.

"Some women do. But you don't realise how broad of a spectrum you can really experience that on. It's something that needs to be talked about. Women need to know that they're not alone, and that it does heal."

She added: "There's a lot of misunderstanding. It's something that's completely uncontrollable.It's really painful and it's really scary and women needs a lot of support."

"Women are amazing," Hayden concluded. "We do something that no man can do on this planet. I mean, we grow a human being in our body!"

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