Naomi Judd Reveals Battle With Depression In New Memoir

Naomi Judd Reveals Battle With Depression In New Memoir

By McCarton Ackerman 09/26/16

"My story isn't one of a victorious recovery from debilitating mental illness, but of a wary and humble gratitude for persevering through 30 terrifying months."

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Naomi Judd Reveals Battle With Depression In New Memoir

Naomi Judd is perhaps best known for being one half of iconic country music group The Judds, which has sold over 20 million albums worldwide. But now she’s moving into new territory as a mental health advocate with her upcoming memoir.

Set for release on Dec. 6, Judd reveals her years-long battle with panic attacks and depression in River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope. The singer talks about prescription drug poisoning and spending years on psychiatric hospital treatments.

"My story isn't one of a victorious recovery from debilitating mental illness, but of a wary and humble gratitude for persevering through 30 terrifying months," said Judd in a statement. "I've gained an appreciative hope and, in the past year, an ongoing purpose for living once more. And, because I have survived and found peace, I feel a responsibility, as a messenger, to share what brought me hope and what's kept me alive."

Judd wrote in her memoir that she wasn’t opposed to dying during her lowest moments of depression. Music and entertaining fans were the only thing that kept her going.

"I wanted to be completely honest that if someone took out a gun and killed me on stage, they would be doing me a favor," read one excerpt, courtesy of Rolling Stone. "But I didn't. I was there to inspire them and I could not let them down. I gathered every ounce of strength I had, straightened my shoulders, adjusted my suit jacket, found the will to smile, and strode out on stage."

These days, Judd has continued to win her battle with depression by practicing gratitude and being of service to others. She’s become the national spokesperson for the American Liver Foundation after being diagnosed with hepatitis C in the early ‘90s, tours the country as an inspirational speaker, and has penned numerous self-help books.

"I have been a battered woman, and I visit women's shelters. I have been on welfare, and I know that the best way to find a helping hand is for people to look at the end of their own stinking arms,” she told SFGate in 1998.

“Peace of mind, that's my grand prize. I've met presidents, movie stars, kings and queens, sports heroes, you name it. And whether it is the family I took Christmas food to in the trailer a few weeks back or Bill Gates, they all want the same thing."

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