Naomi Judd Talks Severe Depression + Estrangement From Daughter Wynonna
Naomi Judd has joined a growing list of celebrities who have opened up about struggling with mental illness.
The country singer -- who, along with her daughter Wynonna, was one half of the popular duo The Judds for eight years before they initially disbanded in 1991 -- told Good Morning America she suffers from severe depression and has been admitted to several psychiatric awards to help treat her condition, according to PEOPLE.
“What I’ve been through is extreme. My final diagnosis was severe depression -- treatment resistant," she told interviewer Robin Roberts, "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.”
Judd continued, noting the image she projected to the public failed to fully represent the inner turmoil she faced for the majority of her life.
“They see me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that really is who I am,” she said. “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.”
Judd -- who wrote a memoir about her struggle with depression called River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope -- also explained her sometimes contentious relationship with her daughter, Wynonna.
“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,’ ” she said. “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.”
But, Judd maintains, therapy hasn't fully repaired their relationship.
“I love her but there are just times we need a break from each other,” Judd continued. “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.'”
Check out Naomi Judd's interview with Good Morning America in the video above.
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