Naomi Judd is ready to open up.
The country star left the public eye several years ago, but she's since remerged to candidly chat about her lengthy struggle with mental illness.
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On Tuesday, Miz Judd sat down with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts and shared:
"What I've been through is extreme. My final diagnosis was severe depression… Treatment resistant because they tried me on every single thing they had in their arsenal. It really felt like, if I live through this I want someone to be able to see that they can survive."
How inspiring. On her duel life as a celebrity and someone who struggles with depression, Naomi explained:
"They see me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that really is who I am. But then I would come home and not leave the house for three weeks, and not get out of my pajamas, and not practice normal hygiene. It was really bad."
To make matters worse, the Love Can Build A Bridge singer highlighted how her battle with mental illness has resulted in her being hospitalized in a psychiatric ward several times and placed on different medications throughout the years. Thankfully, the 70-year-old hasn't lost her sense of humor as she made light of her shaky hands and swollen face. She quipped:
"I really haven't been eating ice cream and candy. I really haven't."
Not to mention, the industry vet was able to write about her hardships for her new memoir, River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope. Of course, a big portion of Naomi's recovery involved her daughter Ashley Judd. The songwriter added:
"Every day I exercised. I would walk up to Ashley's house … and I would holler at her from her front step. If she was home she'd come out and give me a hug. Ashley and I are so stinking much alike. We have the same mannerisms. We both read a whole lot. We both love new places. There's such similarities."
But what about the country crooner's other half/daughter Wynonna Judd? Well it seems like the mother/daughter duo are still struggling to rebuild their relationship as the Kentucky-born artist relayed:
"Through the decades, we kind of grew up together and I'm always telling her, ‘If I'd known better I would've done better.' Wy bore the brunt of all of the mistakes I made and we talk about 'em. We've been through a lot of therapy together."
As you may recall, Naomi and Wy grew apart as they filmed their 2011 OWN reality series The Judds and went on their final tour. Sigh.
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"I love her but there are just times we need a break from each other. We're still a little estranged from each other. And that happens with mother, daughters. If she sees this, and I hope she does, ’cause the smartest thing is for all of us to feel known, no matter what's goin' on. Be truthful. I think she'll say, ‘Good for you, Mom, for finally being willing to talk about the bad stuff.'"
We can't imagine it was easy for the vocalist to open up about so many difficult topics so we definitely applaud her for her candor and bravery!
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