Naomi Judd gets candid about battle with 'life-threatening' depression: It was 'so completely debilitating'


Naomi Judd is opening up about her harrowing battle with depression.

In an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts on Tuesday, the 70-year-old singer got candid about her struggle with the disease six years ago, revealing that she put up a façade to hide her "debilitating" depression from her fans.

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"They think, because they see me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that really is who I am," she shared. "I'm sort of a fantasy 'cause I want to provide that for them... But then I would come home and not leave the house for three weeks and not get outta my pajamas, not practice normal hygiene. It was really bad."

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Naomi Judd and Wynonna Judd at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Naomi Judd on 3/2/94 in Nashville, Tn. (Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - DECEMBER 8: Actress Valerie Harper, singer Wynonna Judd, actor Dennis Weaver and singer Naomi Judd attend the 'Country Christmas' Concert Spectacular to Benefit Love Is Feeding Everyone on December 8, 1990 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Wynonna Judd and Naomi Judd during 25th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at Pantages Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Wynonna Judd and Naomi Judd during 26th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Wynonna Judd and Naomi Judd during 27th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Naomi Judd during 1992 American Booksellers Associations Annual Convention in Anaheim, California, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Ashley Judd, Wynonna Judd and Naomi Judd during Wynonna Judd Press Event at The Ritz Carlton in Pasadena, CA, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Michael Bolton and Naomi Judd during Red Ball Benefit For Childrens Advocacy Center at Plaza Hotel in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Naomi Judd during 34th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at Universal Ampitheater in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Wynonna Judd, Ashley Judd and Naomi Judd during VIP Screening of 'Double Jeopardy' at Guild Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Naomi Judd during The 35th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards - Arrivals and Press Room at Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California, United States. (Photo by J. Vespa/WireImage)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 27: Singers Wynonna and Naomi Judd arrives at the 'YouthAIDS Annual Benefit Gala 2003' at Capitale October 27, 2003 in New York City. The YouthAIDS organization is currently working in 70 countries to educate and protect kids from a life of HIV and AIDS. Through theatre, media, music, fashion and sport YouthAIDS promotes decreased sexual activity and protected sex. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images For YouthAIDS)
Naomi Judd and Mary J. Blige (Photo by Ron Wolfson/WireImage for NARAS)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 29:(L-R) Singer Wynonna Judd and Naomi Judd pose for a picture on the set of 'Naomi's New Morning' at Metropolis Studios on November 29, 2006 in New York City. Naomi and Wynonna will reunite on an episode of 'Naomi's New Morning' airing Sunday, December 17 on the Hallmark Channel. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
Naomi Judd during Wynonna Judd Appears with Mother Naomi on Her Show 'Naomi's New Morning' at Metropolis Studios in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by G. Gershoff/WireImage)
Naomi Judd during Naomi Judd Book Signing: 'Naomi's Guide to Aging Gratefully' at Barnes & Noble in Freehold, New Jersey, United States. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
INDIO, CA - MAY 03: Singer Naomi Judd of The Judds performs onstage during day 2 of the 2008 Stagecoach Country Music Festival held at the Empire Polo Field on May 3, 2008 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
(LtoR) Rossi Morreale and Naomi Judd poses in the press room during the 2008 CMT Music Awards at the Curb Events Center at Belmont University on April 14, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 13: Wynonna Judd is joined on stage by her mother Naomi Judd performing for the first time in years as The Judds at the 2009 CMA Music Festival at LP Field on June 13, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 16: Musician Naomi Judd attends the 2009 CMT Music Awards at the Sommet Center on June 16, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 03: Musicians Wynonna Judd and Naomi Judd arrive at the 46th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards RAM Red Carpet held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 04: Musicians Naomi Judd (L) and Wynonna Judd perform onstage during ACM Presents: Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country concert held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 4, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/ACMA2011/Getty Images for ACM)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: Actress Ashley Judd (L) and mother, singer Naomi Judd pose following the launch of Naomi's SiriusXM series 'Think Twice' at SiriusXM Music City Theater at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 02: Actress Naomi Judd arrives for the 2012 TCA Summer Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 2, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 06: Naomi Judd attends the American Humane Association's 2nd Annual Hero Dog Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 6, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 28: Country music singer Naomi Judd attends the 2012 Susan G. Komen for the Cure's Honoring the Promise gala at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on September 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 18: (L-R) Nicollette Sheridan, Naomi Judd and Candace Cameron-Bure on the set of Hallmark Channel's 'Home & Family' Holiday Special on November 18, 2013 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 26: Naomi Judd and Ashley Judd attend the screening of the film 'The Idenitical' on day 11 of the 2014 Nashville Film Festival at Regal Green Hills on April 26, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Beth Gwinn/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 07: Recording artist Naomi Judd performs during the launch of the Judds' nine-show residency 'Girls Night Out' at The Venetian Las Vegas on October 7, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Naomi Judd attends Pet Philanthropy Circle's 5th Pet Hero Awards at Gotham Hall on October 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
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To treat her condition, Judd has been prescribed medication, which she said comes with its own set of complications.

"I feel like a balloon," she said, adding that her doctors "tried me on every single thing they had in their arsenal." "My face is swollen, because of the medication. I really haven't been eating ice cream and candy."

The country singer details her battle with depression, anxiety and panic attacks -- which at one point led to several stints in psychiatric wards -- in her new book, River of Time: My Descent Into Depression and How I Emerged With Hope, explaining that it was important to her to let others know that it is possible to overcome the disease.

"My final diagnosis was severe depression. [I wanted to write this book] because what I've been through is extreme... because it was so deep and so completely debilitating and life-threatening, and because I have processed and worked so hard for these last four years," she said. "If I live through this, I want someone to be able to see that they can survive."

Part of what Judd said she had to overcome in her battle with depression was being molested by her uncle at the age of 3.

"We all have this inner child, and I needed, for the first time in my life, to realize that I got a raw deal. OK, now I'm a big girl. Put on your big girl pants and deal with it," she confessed of how she confronted her trauma. "I started in therapy and I call it radical acceptance."

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While the "Why Not Me" singer credited her youngest daughter Ashley for comforting her during her recovery -- the actress took to Facebook to thank Roberts for "letting my mother share her story" on GMA -- she also admitted that she and older daughter Wynonna are now "a little estranged from each other."

"From the day I knew she existed, it was the two of us against the world and then through the decades we kind of grew up together," said Judd, who gave birth to Wynonna when she was just a teenager. "So Wy bore the brunt of all of the mistakes I made and we talk about 'em."

"I love her, but there are just times we need a break from each other... That happens with mothers and daughters. I'm always tellin' her, 'If I'd known better, I would have done better,'" she added. "We've been through a lot of therapy together."

"If she sees this, and I hope she does," Judd said, "I think she'll say, 'Good for you, Mom, for finally being willing to talk about the bad stuff.'"

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