About Depression, Naomi Judd Encourages Tell The Truth

Share your story with someone.  You never know how one sentence of your life story could inspire someone to rewrite their own.  ~  Demi Lovato  ~

Naomi Judd recently, in an interview with Robin Roberts of ABC News, shared details of her battle with life-threatening depression in addition to anxiety.  At the start, she wanted to explain why she doesn’t look the way most of us know her to look.  Her shaking hands and swollen face are both side-affects of the medication she takes.  

Naomi Judd, (born Diana Ellen Judd), with both a little humor and much humility, shares openly about the behind the scenes that most knew nothing about.  

“Cause 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, not practice normal hygiene.  It was really bad.”  

During the interview Robin Roberts asked, “Why now?”  Naomi Judd said, “…If I live through this, I want someone to be able to see that they can survive, because there’s 40 million of us out there.” She says she thinks one of the reasons she wanted to write the book is because she “never acknowledged all the bad stuff that people did” to her.  “Nobody was there for me.”  

The soon to be 71 year old also talks about some of the other things about her life.  She wrote about it in her new book; River of Time, including being molested by her Uncle Charlie at a very young age.  

Naomi Judd's New Book - River of Time
Naomi Judd’s New Book – River of Time

She says she had to get to a place in life where she realized she got a raw deal.  “Okay, now I’m a big girl.  Put on your big girl pants and deal with it.”    

Naomi and youngest daughter Ashley are very much alike.  They live only about a mile from each other and share a very close relationship, But, she and oldest daughter Wynonna, born when Naomi was a teenager, continue to have their ups and downs.  They kind of grew up together.  They are currently estranged.  “I’m always telling her, “If I’d known better, I would have done better.”  So Wy bore the brunt of all of the mistakes I made.  And we talk about them.  We’ve been through a lot of therapy together.”  

Naomi goes on to say, “I love her but there are just times we need a break from one another… We’re still a little estranged from each other.  And that happens with mothers daughters.”  

Naomi Judd is slowly able to put the bad stuff behind her.  She’s finally able to find her every day life manageable and even enjoyable once more.  She encourages everyone to tell the truth about depression and anxiety to anyone who will listen.  “It’s a disease of the brain.”   


I thought it to be worth sharing Naomi’s Judd’s interview.  It takes a lot to share openly with people you know may judge and now only recall that part of your life when they see you, think of you or your name comes up.  But, she’s not at all alone.  There are a lot of people who suffer from depression.  The more complex life becomes, the more challenged people are with trying to get through life without something that tries to knock them down, the more difficult it can be to get through.  Seeing someone with a ready smile does not always tell you where they really are mentally and emotionally at that present time.

The end of the year can be a very down time of the year for so many people.  It can prove to be nothing more than an added burden emotionally.  A sad time for many.  The reasons may vary; financial problems, thinking of and missing loved ones who are no longer with us, unemployment, dreading what the new year, so far; seems to offer, and son on.  The very best thing you can do for you is to acknowledge the place you find yourself in.  That’s the very first step to opening up and getting yourself help.  We can’t do everything by ourselves.  Whether it’s a dearly trusted friend, close family member, someone from the church or a professional counselor.  Start somewhere!  You don’t have to go it alone.  Reach out to someone.  Let somebody know of your need for help and support.  Seek your inner peace.

The following information on this major mental illness is according to NIH (National Mental Institute of Mental Health) and part of a report detailing some of the latest findings in major depression among adults

  • Major depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States.
  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO; 2010), major depression also carries the heaviest burden of disability among mental and behavioral disorders. Specifically, major depression accounts for:
  • 3.7% of all U.S. disability-adjusted life years (DALYs); and,
  • 8.3% of all U.S. years lived with disability (YLDs)
  • The 12-month prevalence data for major depressive episode presented here are from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).  Based mainly on the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), in the NSDUH study a major depressive episode is defined as:
    • A period of two weeks or longer during which there is either depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure, and at least four other symptoms that reflect a change in functioning, such as problems with sleep, eating, energy, concentration, and self-image.
    • Unlike the definition in the DSM-IV, no exclusions were made for a major depressive episode caused by medical illness, bereavement, or substance use disorders.
  • In 2015, an estimated 16.1 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. This number represented 6.7% of all U.S. adults.You’ve got the floor…Do you have a story you’d like to share?  Please leave a comment to share your thoughts.

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