Naomi Judd has returned to the spotlight with her new memoir River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope.
In an interview with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” Tuesday, the singer opens up about what she’s gone through over the years. “What I’ve been through is extreme. My final diagnosis was severe depression,” Judd says.
Judd, 70, admits that during her treatment, doctors tried “every single thing they had in their arsenal” on her. After going through what she has gone through, she says she felt the need to share her story: “It really felt like, if I live through this I want someone to be able to see that they can survive.”
When she stepped away from the spotlight six-years-ago, Judd began to battle severe depression and anxiety, which landed her in several stints in psychiatric wards and she is currently on different medications. “I feel like a balloon became my face is all swollen,” she reveals.
She also notes that she is currently “on a break” from her daughter Wynonna. The two have been through so much together, but she says they grew apart during the filming of their OWN reality series “The Judds” and their final tour together: “I love her but there are just times we need a break from each other.”
Judd admits she hopes the two still have a chance even, though they’re currently estranged from each other. “That happens with mother, daughters,” she adds. “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.’”