Three months after entering treatment for postpartum depression, Hayden Panettiere is back on the Hollywood red carpet circuit and feeling in control.

The Nashville actress, who gave birth to daughter Kaya in 2014, spent subsequent months suffering through the condition. Fortunately she's emerged from treatment "feeling great," she told Access Hollywood at Sunday night's (January 19) Critics' Choice Awards.

The actress said healing is a "long process" that involves finding balance in her life. And though her Nashville character, Juliette Barnes, has similarly suffered through postpartum depression, Panettiere says she initially refused to link the two and thus admit her own condition.

"It's wild what the mind does. It kind of like puts up a block and you can't associate, and I was having a lot of trouble associating," she said. "I was suppressing, I backed away, I had to think of something else. It's crazy the blocks that your mind puts up just to protect you."